TAILIEUCHUNG - ACT Practice Test 1

This passage is an adapted excerpt from Willa Cather’s O Pioneers! This novel, set in the Nebraska prairie, was originally published in 1913. Carl had changed, Alexandra felt, much less than one might have expected. He had not become a self-satisfied city man. There was still something homely and wayward and personal about him. Even his clothes were unconventional. He seemed to shrink into himself as he used to do, as if he were afraid of being hurt. | ACT Practice Test 1 READING Passage I PROSE FICTION This passage is an adapted excerpt from Willa Cather s O Pioneers This novel set in the Nebraska prairie was originally published in 1913. Carl had changed Alexandra felt much less than one might have expected. He had not become a self-satisfied city man. There was still something homely and wayward and personal about him. Even his clothes 5 were unconventional. He seemed to shrink into himself as he used to do as if he were afraid of being hurt. That evening Carl and Alexandra were sitting in the flower garden. The gravel paths 10 glittered in the moonlight and below them the fields lay white and still. You know Alexandra I ve been thinking how strangely things work out. I ve been away engraving other people s pictures and 15 you ve stayed at home and made your own. Carl pointed toward the sleeping landscape. How in the world have you done it How have your neighbors done it We hadn t much to do with it Carl. 20 The land pretended to be poor because nobody knew how to work it then suddenly it worked itself. It woke up out of its sleep and stretched itself and it was so big so rich that we found we were rich just from 25 sitting still. You remember when I began to buy land. For years I was always squeezing and borrowing until I was ashamed to show my face in the banks. And then all at once men began to come to me offering to lend 30 me money Then I built this house for Emil really. I want you to see Emil Carl. He is different from the rest of us How different Oh you ll see I m sure it was to have 35 children like Emil to give them a chance that father left Sweden. Is he going to farm here with you He shall do whatever he wants to Alexandra declared. He s going to have a 40 real chance that s what I ve worked for How about Lou and Oscar They ve done well haven t they Yes very well but they re different and now that they have farms of their own I 45 don t see so much of them. We divided the land equally when Lou .

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