Answer Explanations to Previously Released ACT 2020 Reading Test
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Question 1, “The narrator of the passage can best be described as a swimmer who primarily..” The answer is “recalls the swim of his life and the factors that motivated him during that swim.”
(1.)The passage describes the narrator’s “best race” and his thought process as he attempted to qualify for the USA Junior Nationals.
(2.)The answer choice “contrasts the joy of winning competitions early in the season with his later struggles to succeed” can be ruled out because the narrator does not mention early wins in competitions.
(3.)The answer choice “chronicles his swimming career, from childhood through high school” can be ruled out because the narrator does not talk about how he started swimming or his swimming progress throughout his childhood.
(4.)The answer choice “remembers the events that inspired him to participate in a time trial at the Junior Nationals” is incorrect. Although the narrator does describe why he is participating in the time trial, the passage focuses more on the actual race in the trial than on what inspired him to participate.
(5.)The correct answer is “recalls the swim of his life and the factors that motivated him during that swim” because the narrator focuses on his thought process and motivation behind his “greatest effort” in this passage.
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