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Kristin Fracchia

ACT Challenge Question 21: Converse Boots – Answer and Explanation

Magoosh ACT Challenge Question


Did you get the right answer to our ACT Reading Challenge Question of the Week? If you missed it, check out the passage and question here, then hurry on down below for the answer and explanation.


ACT Challenge Question 21

It can be inferred that the passage’s reference to “light blue Converse boots” is primarily intended to:

A. reveal a flaw in the cohesiveness of the film’s costume design.

B. support how costume choices can be used to reveal inner psychological conditions.

C. indicate how the film depicts various time periods through costumes.

D. provide an example of the overall light color scheme of costuming in the film.


Answer and Explanation

The answer is B. The passage says that the Converse boots “remind the audience that this is a film about teenagers and not really an 18th century piece.” From this statement, we can infer that these boots are an example of a costume choice that emphasizes inner psychological states (acting like a teenager) rather than being true to reality. Remember to always be looking for the main idea in answer choices! The main idea of this passage is exactly that: how costuming reveals inner psychological and emotional states.



About Kristin Fracchia

Kristin makes sure Magoosh's blogs are chock-full of awesome, free resources for students preparing for standardized tests. With a PhD from UC Irvine and degrees in Education and English, she’s been working in education since 2004 and has helped students prepare for standardized tests, as well as college and graduate school admissions, since 2007. She enjoys the agonizing bliss of marathon running, backpacking, hot yoga, and esoteric knowledge.

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