ACT Reading: Cause and Effect and Comparison Questions


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In a certain passage, there is an event that we will call Event X. Pick the question that asks you about the CAUSE of Event X:

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1. Think of the story of Cinderella. Compared to Cinderella, her stepsisters are more…


Joe gasped and clutched the railing of the boat. Harry looked like he was about to be sick. Mike actually was sick. Only Sean stood straight, poker-faced, gazing steadily into the approaching storm.

Unlike the other boys, Sean…

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This interactive quiz and printable worksheet assess your understanding of cause and effect and comparison questions as they appear on the ACT Reading exam. You will need to determine a logical relationship between two elements of a passage, or you will need to compare and contrast two elements of a passage in various ways.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The methods of determining a logical cause and effect relationship between two elements of a passage
  • The technique for analyzing cause and effect and comparison questions
  • The methods of comparing how two elements of a passage are similar or how they are different

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the essential information from this ACT Reading lesson to answer cause and effect and comparison practice questions
  • Problem solving - use terminology analysis skills to examine and solve ACT Reading practice problems
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to analyze two portions of a passage and identify a logical cause and effect relationship or a similarity/difference

Additional Learning

To learn more about these cause and effect and comparison questions, review the corresponding ACT Reading lesson. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identifying terms that suggest a cause and effect relationship
  • Understanding comparison questions
  • Managing two pieces of information from a passage at once