ACT Reading: Practice with Humanities

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How can we define poetry? Ask a 6th grader, and you're likely to get an answer about rhymes and stanzas. But poetry doesn't have to rhyme, and indeed, some of the most beautiful poetry doesn't. Some of it isn't even arranged in lines. To truly appreciate the value of poetry as an art form, you need to look beyond the sonnet form, beyond definitions of alliteration or chiasmus. Appreciate the rhythmic, syllabic, shifting, surging, pulsing beauty of words in all their forms: then, you'll start to understand poetry.

In the passage, the '6th grader' serves as an example of a person who…

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How can we define poetry? Ask a 6th grader, and you're likely to get an answer about rhymes and stanzas. But poetry doesn't have to rhyme, and indeed, some of the most beautiful poetry doesn't. Some of it isn't even arranged in lines. To truly appreciate the value of poetry as an art form, you need to look beyond the sonnet form, beyond definitions of alliteration or chiasmus. Appreciate the rhythmic, syllabic, shifting, surging, pulsing beauty of words in all their forms: then, you'll start to understand poetry.

Which of the following best captures what the author believes to be the defining feature of poetry?

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How can we define poetry? Ask a 6th grader, and you're likely to get an answer about rhymes and stanzas. But poetry doesn't have to rhyme, and indeed, some of the most beautiful poetry doesn't. Some of it isn't even arranged in lines. To truly appreciate the value of poetry as an art form, you need to look beyond the sonnet form, beyond definitions of alliteration or chiasmus. Appreciate the rhythmic, syllabic, shifting, surging, pulsing beauty of words in all their forms: then, you'll start to understand poetry.

Does the author consider poetry written in 'the sonnet form' to be true poetry?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Humanities is a broad word, and humanities questions on the ACT can cover anything from art to music to philosophy. Luckily, these questions do not require any outside knowledge, simply the ability to understand the passage and extrapolate information. This quiz will help you gauge your proficiency with these types of questions, testing your ability with two sample passages.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz, you will be given two humanities passages. Using the information provided in the passage, you will answer questions on the following topics:

  • The author's use of examples
  • Beliefs and opinions the author demonstrates in the passage
  • Interpreting the author's meaning

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related humanities passages
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve humanities practice problems
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about test-taking in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the ACT Reading test

Additional Learning

To learn more about tackling ACT humanities questions, review the accompanying lesson on Humanities Passages in ACT Reading. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the types of questions the ACT asks about humanities passages
  • Learn a strategy for tackling humanities questions
  • Learn to eliminate wrong answers and avoid traps
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