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ACT Humanities pp. 76-77

Quiz by Kimberly Feher

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  • Q1
    The main purpose of the passage is to:
    describe an artist's most famous painting and the experience that inspired it
    provide an overview of an artist's career and important influences on that artist's work
    explore the relationship between the natural world and the fine arts
    describe the work of artists who epitomized a peculiarly American nineteenth-century world
  • Q2
    It can reasonably be inferred from the passage that which of the following scenes would most likely be the subject of a painting created by Homer late in his life?
    a farm nestled in the idyllic countryside
    a family strolling along the boardwalk in Atlantic City
    a fishing boat being violently pitched about on a stormy ocean
    a tourist sipping coffee at a Parisian cafe
  • Q3
    Based on the passage, the way Homer depicted shapes in his early work and the way he depicted them in his later work is best described as shifting from
    weak to powerful
    uplifting to melancholy
    sharp to rounded
    dark to light
  • Q4
    According to the passage, Homer felt fascination for the subjects that inspired him at Tynemouth for a
    short time; Homer soon abandoned them for the genre subjects he'd been painting previously
    short time; Homer found little commercial success painting those subjects
    long time; Homer continued to be inspired y what he saw there for years
    long time; Homer regularly returned to Tynemouth to paint
  • Q5
    According to the passage, the paintings that Tynemouth inspired Homer to create mainly featured
    scenes of tourists and sun bathers enjoying the beach
    the dynamic struggle between farmers and the powerful forces of nature
    the soothing yet dramatic beauty of the North Sea and its rocky shoreline
    the interplay between the sea nd the lives of fishermen and their families
  • Q6
    The passage most strongly suggests that the main turning point in the development of Homer as an artists was his
    discovery of subject matter that profoundly inspired him
    rejection of the belief that the world was stark and melancholy
    sense of accomplishment at having paintings displayed at the Great Exposition
    decision to spend winters in the Caribbean, where he was inspired by the sea
  • Q7
    The author characterizes the immediate effect of experiences in Paris upon Homer's work as
    dramatic; Homer's work became bolder and clearer
    significant; Homer abandoned the subjects he'd been painting before his time in Paris
    subtle; Homer continued to paint simple shapes and powerful designs but used more color
    imperceptible; Homer's work didn't change until several years later
  • Q8
    The main idea of the last paragraph is that
    Homer's paintings of the sea evoke the grandeur of the human spirit in the natural world
    Homer's paintings of the Maine coast exhibit the culmination of his artistic skills
    viewing two of Homer's famous paintings of the sea had a lasting effect on the author
    the most effective way to depict water in a painting is to use graphic shapes and directional lines
  • Q9
    The author speculates that Homer may have chosen to go to Tynemouth because he
    hoped to find the kinds of subjects he had depicted in some of his earlier popular paintings
    needed a break from the overcrowded Jersey coast
    expected to be able to work better without the distractions he struggled with in Paris
    wanted to return to the place that had originally inspired him to be a painter
  • Q10
    The passage states that in Prouts Neck, Homer could be irritable when
    he was interrupted while painting
    his paintings weren't selling well
    storms prevented him from painting outdoors
    the sea was too rough to go boating

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