ACT english practice test 13

DIRECTIONS: In the passages that follow, certain words and phrases are underlined and numbered. In the right-hand column, you will find alternatives for the underlined part. In most cases, you are to choose the one that best expresses the idea, makes the statement appropriate for standard written English, or is worded most consistently with the style and tone of the passage as a whole. If you think the original version is best, choose “NO CHANGE.” In some cases, you will find in the right-hand column a question about the underlined part. You are to choose the best answer to the question.

You will also find questions about a section of the passage, or about the passage as a whole. These questions do not refer to an underlined portion of the passage, but rather are identified by a number or numbers in a box.

For each question, choose the alternative you consider best and fill in the corresponding oval on your answer document. Read each passage through once before you begin to answer the questions that accompany it. For many of the questions, you must read several sentences beyond the question to determine the answer. Be sure that you have read far enough ahead each time you choose an alternative.


Going Underground

[1] When I left my home in rural Missouri to attend college in New York City, I didn't consider myself a veteran subway rider.31 [2] Luckily, I was able to overcome this fear by having my first trip by subway guided by a neighbor, named32 Sasha. [3]?He had grown up in Manhattan, so he was familiar with the dense, intricacy33 subway routes. [4] During his childhood, he had taken34 the subway almost every day as a child with his family, and so I was encouraged to set off with him to learn the ins and outs of the New York subways. [5] Because of my family's warnings,35 I was afraid to take the subway at first.

Sasha showed me to the stop nearest our building and led me down the steps from the busy street, steering me skillfully through the fast-moving crowd. I couldn't decide whether to buy my token from the imposing-looking woman on the left or from the imposing-looking woman on the right, but Sasha confidently tugged me right up to them.37 I managed to squeak out, "Canal Street, please," and the woman silently scooped up my change and slipped a token through the slot in the window.

I couldn't tell to which platform to descend, if38 I had always used landmarks to find my way around my hometown. After a little searching, though,39 I saw the sign that read "Canal St." suspended above the escalator, so Sasha and I climbed aboard and rode down to our platform.

I felt very conspicuous standing on the platform, waiting40 for our train to arrive.40 Sasha distracted me by pointing out a performer across the tracks on the other platform. At first, I was confused like a whirlwind in my mind41 about what the man was doing. Then I saw that he was juggling all kinds of objects: milk crates, thick books, and even bowling balls. I wondered if he would of been42 there when we returned.

When we were seated on the train, Sasha looked at me with a pleased expression, I suppose,43 he was proud of how well he had served as a guide. "You look like you belong here in the big city," he said, nudging me playfully in the side, which I44 shrugged and elbowed him back. I gazed at my reflection in the window and wondered if I had already changed.

We arrived at the Canal Street station, and we rode up the escalator toward the street, taking care to stand well to one side to let more impatient passengers by. I might just as well have been exploring an undiscovered continent and was emerging, with treasures and new wonders, from fantastic caverns.45 I'll always remember my first subway ride, when "going underground" took on an entirely new meaning.

31.

A. NO CHANGE
B. a person who knew the ins and outs of public underground trains.
C. a master of all the skills necessary to travel by public transport.
D. a veteran rider.

32.

F. NO CHANGE
G. neighbor; named
H. neighbor named
J. neighbor named,

33.

A. NO CHANGE
B. dense, intricate
C. intricately, dense
D. dense intricacy

34.

F. NO CHANGE
G. He had been starting to take
H. His childhood was spent taking
J. He had taken

35.

A. NO CHANGE
B. my familys' warnings,
C. my families' warnings
D. my families warnings,

36. For the sake of the logic and coherence of this paragraph, Sentence 5 should be placed:

F. where it is now.
G. after Sentence 1.
H. before Sentence 3.
J. before Sentence 4.

37.

A. NO CHANGE
B. the one on the left.
C. her.
D. the women.

38.

F. NO CHANGE
G. descend, which
H. descend;
J. descend, even though,

39.

A. NO CHANGE
B. searching though:
C. searching, though
D. searching, though:

40. Given that all of the choices are true, which one most effectively introduces the action in this paragraph while suggesting the narrator's discomfort in her new surroundings?

F. NO CHANGE
G. Sasha's stylish boots clicked on the floor as he walked ahead of me.
H. Although it wasn't rush hour yet, quite a few people stood waiting on the platform.
J. Sasha explained that the first subway line in New York City opened in 1904.

41.

A. NO CHANGE
B. confused with uncertainty and curiosity
C. confused by the initial lack of understanding
D. confused

42.

F. NO CHANGE
G. would be
H. should be
J. could of been

43.

A. NO CHANGE
B. expression I suppose
C. expression. I suppose
D. expression, however, I suppose

44.

F. NO CHANGE
G. side, which he
H. side. I
J. side, where I

45.

A. NO CHANGE
B. I might just as well have been exploring fantastic caverns filled with the treasures and new wonders of an undiscovered continent.
C. I might, filled with treasures and new wonders emerging from fantastic caverns, just as well have been exploring an undiscovered continent.
D. Emerging from fantastic caverns, I might just as well, filled with treasures and new wonders, have been exploring a new continent.