ACT Reading: Practice with Natural Science

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In coevolution, two or more species drive each other's evolutionary adaptations. Sometimes, this is beneficial to both: symbiotic coevolution is the simultaneous evolution of two different species as a team, to maximize the survival advantages of both. To name just one of many examples, some species of flowers have evolved to meet the needs of hummingbirds: their color is easy for birds to see, and their shape is perfectly suited to the birds' bills. When the hummingbirds feed from these attractive and convenient flowers, they pollinate the plants, so the increase in hummingbird traffic is a benefit to the flowers as well as the birds.

The author implies that…

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In coevolution, two or more species drive each other's evolutionary adaptations. Sometimes, this is beneficial to both: symbiotic coevolution is the simultaneous evolution of two different species as a team, to maximize the survival advantages of both. To name just one of many examples, some species of flowers have evolved to meet the needs of hummingbirds: their color is easy for birds to see, and their shape is perfectly suited to the birds' bills. When the hummingbirds feed from these attractive and convenient flowers, they pollinate the plants, so the increase in hummingbird traffic is a benefit to the flowers as well as the birds. Some forms of coevolution are also antagonistic: predators and prey often co-evolve in a kind of biological arms race.

An example of a 'biological arms race,' as the term is used in this passage, could be…

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Of all the evolutionary odds and ends that populate Australia, platypuses are among the most vexing. Platypuses are mammals; and as a rule, mammals give birth to live young, but the platypus lays eggs. Only one other mammalian species - the echidna, another Australian native - can boast the same distinction. To make things even more confusing, platypuses then go on to nurse their babies (a trait typical of mammals but unusual in egg-laying species). Female platypuses accomplish this not through nipples, but rather through small openings directly on the skin of their bellies.

In this passage, the author describes…

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Passing the ACT Natural Science section is all about good reading comprehension. This quiz and worksheet combo will help you understand how the Natural Science section of the ACT is structured and test your ability to draw concepts from the text.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on your ability to:

  • Correctly read and identify the key concepts of a passage
  • Use the process of elimination to find the correct answer
  • Interpret textual information to choose the right answer

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related ACT Natural Sciences lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding how to read and understand natural sciences passages and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about sample natural sciences passages

Additional Learning

To learn more about the Natural Sciences section of the ACT, review the accompanying lesson on ACT Reading Practice for the Natural Science Passage. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understanding the purpose of the Natural Sciences section
  • Reading the question ahead of time to find the right answer
  • Eliminating wrong answers to find the correct answer
  • Practicing reading comprehension
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