ACT Reading 1.1 Prose Fiction
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ACT Reading Prose Fiction Drill 1, Problem 1. Which of the following best describes the overall purpose of this passage?
|ACT Reading||Main Idea|
|English I EOC Assessment||Comparing Multiple Texts|
|Foreign Language||Arabic Subtitled|
|Literary Texts||Themes in Different Time Periods|
|Product Type||ACT Reading|
|Reading||Identify and Interpret Details|
|Reading Informational Text||Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text|
|Reading Literature||Analyze author’s choices to develop story elements|
Determine and analyze a theme or central idea of a text
It wants to know if we can read an uber-long passage, and boil the whole thing down to a single, overarching idea.
What is this passage... all about? Let's go through the answer choices, one by one.
Is it to note the superstitions surrounding birth?
Well, there was that part where the neighborhood women said that David would be able to see
But...it doesn't seem like the whole passage focuses on superstition.
What about B... "To describe the circumstances of the narrator's birth as well as offer hints
about his family and his community?"
Uh, yeah. That's exactly what it does. We hear a lot about David's birth, and we get
a general sense of the quirks of the people in his neighborhood.
Just to make sure, let's take a look at C and D.
"To emphasize that the narrator's family and neighbors were sea-going people?"
Nope. The passage never says anything about that. Adios, choice C
Finally... D? "To foreshadow the narrator's unhappy adulthood?"
Well, there's one line where the neighborhood ladies say David will be unlucky, but it's
definitely not the main idea.
So our answer is B.
As in, "Burial seems like a bad choice."