ACT Reading: Practice with Prose Fiction

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Turning onto the campus proper, Dr. Gerhartt mentally organized his day into 20-minute blocks. Answering email was relegated to the minutes between 9:20 and 9:40, and then again between 1:40 and 2:00, with no leeway for distraction at any other time. His secretary's memos required an entire block of their own (9:00-9:20), but at least after that, they would be done with. Aside from a 40-minute break for lunch, and a 1-hour departmental meeting in the afternoon, he could preserve the entire remaining workday for his precious experimental work. With a brief glance at his watch, he swept briskly through the door to his office, and glanced around in satisfaction: all his machinery lined the walls, meticulously clean and exactly as he had left it. His day's work could begin.

Based on this passage, it would be reasonable to conclude that Dr. Gerhartt values…

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Turning onto the campus proper, Dr. Gerhartt mentally organized his day into 20-minute blocks. Answering email was relegated to the minutes between 9:20 and 9:40, and then again between 1:40 and 2:00, with no leeway for distraction at any other time. His secretary's memos required an entire block of their own (9:00-9:20), but at least after that, they would be done with. Aside from a 40-minute break for lunch, and a 1-hour departmental meeting in the afternoon, he could preserve the entire remaining workday for his precious experimental work.

According to the passage, Dr. Gerhartt views the task of handling his secretary's memos as…

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Sophie had barely seen London as a child. Whisked along through the streets, clinging to her mother's hand, she'd formed the impression that the whole great metropolis was largely populated by knees and boots in varying states of dampness. The only place she remembered clearly was their house, where she spent hours in her room, pressed up against the drafty window as the late-autumn chill seeped through the glass. Despite the cold, she could never tear herself away from that window, because on the street below, the tiny butcher's shop hummed with activity. Watching from her window she could finally see what life was actually like in this strange new city where she'd suddenly been set down.

The fact that Sophie 'could never tear herself away from that window' demonstrates her…

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This interactive quiz and printable worksheet assess your understanding of ACT prose fiction questions. You will need to learn and employ the three-step process to successfully answer these questions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to test your knowledge of:

  • The methods of studying prose fiction questions
  • The methods of finding information and formulating your own answer using the prose fiction passage
  • The methods of accurately comparing your own answer to the options given

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information about prose literature questions from this ACT Reading lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to successfully execute the three-step plan
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve ACT prose fiction practice problems

Additional Learning

To learn more about these types of test questions, review the corresponding lesson on prose fiction in ACT Reading. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define prose fiction
  • Compare the treatment of prose fiction questions and nonfiction questions in ACT Reading
  • Understand the three-step plan to answering ACT prose fiction questions
  • Practice answering sample questions
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