ACT Reading: Detail and Word Meaning Questions


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We laughed at Smith for hauling around full emergency gear to every road trip and music festival, and he put up with a lot of sarcastic nicknames until one day, a real emergency changed our minds for good.

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Joe, Smith, and I had driven out to a nearby state park for a picnic and an afternoon fishing trip with Joe's dog Skipper. As usual, we made fun of Smith for bringing his entire go bag to a campground almost as domesticated as the local mall.

In this excerpt, 'the mall' serves as an example of a place that is…


Before lunch, we decided to poke around a rock formation near the fishing hole - a pile of huge boulders framing the entrance to a cave that extended further back into the rock than any of us had ever explored. We'd had a secret fort in that cave in elementary school, but we hadn't been there in years, and we were all feeling nostalgic.

The mention of 'elementary school' implies that…

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This interactive quiz and printable worksheet gauge your understanding of detail and word meaning questions on the ACT Reading exam. You will need to learn the 3-step plan of attack to be successful with these questions that refer to a specific detail in a reading passage.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these practice problems to assess your knowledge of:

  • The correct way to read a detail or vocabulary question
  • The technique for searching a passage for the correct answer
  • The method of determining the best multiple choice response

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information on answering detail and word meaning questions from this ACT Reading lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the multiple choice options to determine which response matches your answer, as described in the third step of the 3-step plan of attack
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of the 3-step plan of attack to accurately analyze and answer ACT Reading detail and vocabulary questions
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve detail and meaning practice problems

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the corresponding lesson on detail and word meaning questions in ACT Reading. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define detail or word meaning questions
  • Understand the 3-step plan of attack
  • Avoid trap answers
  • Answer detail or word meaning question quickly