ACT Reading: Author's Tone and Method Questions


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I can't believe you'd do that to me! This is ridiculous!

The tone of the speaker in this quotation could best be described as…

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But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate -- we cannot consecrate -- we cannot hallow -- this ground … It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. (adapted from the Gettysburg Address)

The author adds emphasis to this passage primarily by using…



In 2011, Company X began harvesting lumber from the Shady Creek Forest. By 2012, operations had expanded to the nearby Pleasant Grove Forest, and by January 2014, Company X had merged with its competitor Company Y to become the largest lumber company in the tri-state area.


Company X has already been destroying forests in Shady Creek for a year, leaving huge patches of barren land and wiping out local ecosystems wherever it goes. Now it's coming for Pleasant Grove, too - the days when you can send your kids outside to play in the woods may be numbered!

Compared to the tone of Passage 2, the tone of Passage 1 is more…

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This interactive quiz and printable worksheet assess your understanding of two rhetorical devices that are assessed on the ACT Reading exam. You will need to identify the clues and employ logic to determine author's tone and method in a written work.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The methods of using word choice to determine an author's tone
  • The methods an author may use to achieve a certain effect in his or her writing
  • The methods an author may use to support an argument

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from this ACT Reading lesson
  • Making connections - understand the impact of tone and its impact in textual works and everyday speaking
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to determine an author's tone in a text and answer questions about characterization and supporting an argument

Additional Learning

To learn more about these two types of rhetoric questions, review the corresponding lesson on Author's Tone & Method in ACT Reading. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define author's method and tone
  • Understand the importance of tone in speaking and writing
  • Use logic and supporting evidence, such as word choice, in determining tone
  • Analyze the author's methods to determine how he or she achieves an intended effect