ACT Reading Practice 1 - Prose Fiction
After reading the passage, choose the best answer to each question. You may refer to the passages as often as necessary.
Which of the following best describes the structure of the passage?
A dialogue between two people in which both relate their dreams in an almost equal amount of detail
An account of the narrator’s perspective on the woman revealed primarily through the narrator’s report of their conversations
A character sketch of two people as related by a narrator who knows both of them and their thoughts
A detailed narration of several of the narrator’s dreams accompanied by a description of the woman’s reactions to them
Based on the passage, which of the following statements best describes the overall attitudes of the narrator and the woman?
The woman is frustrated and despairing, while the narrator is supportive and reassuring.
The woman is bitter and resentful, while the narra- tor is detached and uninterested.
The woman is lonely and resigned, while the nar- rator is optimistic and relaxed.
The woman is dismayed and miserable, while the narrator is discontented and angry.
It can reasonably be inferred from the passage that the woman most strongly desires to attain which of the following qualities from dreaming?
Throughout the passage, the image of the door is used primarily as a metaphor for the boundary between:
alertness and fatigue.
dreams and nightmares.
wakefulness and sleeping.
not-dreaming and dreaming.
In relation to the first paragraph’s earlier description of the nightmare, the narrator’s comments in lines 10–13 primarily serve to:
reveal how to alter a dream in progress.
explain what caused the nightmare.
intensify the sense of hopelessness.
suggest the possibility of escape.
Which of the following statements about the amniotic dream is best supported by the passage?
It is the narrator’s favorite dream.
The woman is particularly fond of hearing it related.
The narrator has dreamed this dream many times.
It is the dream the woman most strongly desires to dream.
According to the passage, one of the woman’s worries about her present situation is that she:
will begin to dream too much.
suspects the narrator will desert her.
will watch her dreams become nightmares.
stands out as different from others.
Based on the narrator’s account, the woman’s approach to dreaming the narrator’s dreams is best described as:
confrontational and powerful.
enthusiastic and playful.
precise and confident.
self-conscious and secretive.
As it is used in line 58, the word humor most nearly means:
In the passage, the narrator most nearly describes Kafka as someone who:
diminished dreams by trying to unravel their mysteries.
explained the underlying rationality of dream symbols.
conveyed the essence of dreams in his writing.
found it too difficult to describe dreams artfully
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