ACT english practice test 26

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.


The Record

The moment I had been anticipating finally came on a seemingly routine Monday. I arrived home to find a flat package; left by the delivery man1 casually leaning against the front screen door. Reading the words Caution! Do not bend! scrawled on2 the top of the box, I immediately recognized my uncle's sloppy handwriting. I quickly ushered the box inside, and3 my heart skipping a beat (or two). I knew what the box contained but still felt as anxious as a child on Christmas morning. Could this really be the old vinyl record?

My hands trembled as I opened the box, of which4 I was thrilled to see that it did indeed contain the record I had been seeking for years. To an outsider, this dusty disc with its faded hand-written label would seem inconsequential. To others, on the other hand, it was worth something far greater.5 The record was a compilation from the greatest musician I had ever known-my grandfather.

Several years before he married my grandmother, Papa would make6 his living as a folk singer in a band. Performing7 in music halls and local festivals. He recorded a single album produced by Great Sounds Records8 before giving up his professional music career to pursue business. This record was all that remained of his life's passion-in fact9, there had been10 only one surviving copy since Papa's death 10 years earlier. It took many years of earlier. It took many years of begging and pleading11 to convince my uncle to pass the record down to me.

I brought out my old record player from the attic and gently placed the disc on the turntable. As soft, twanging notes filled the room, I was transported to my grandfather's cabin, located at the foot the mountains.12 My cousins and I would gather around the campfire every night to roast marshmallows, cook hotdogs, and listen to my grandfather's old stories. Of the many familiar favorites, Papa would pick up his guitar and play all of our familiar tunes.13

When the record started playing one of my favorite songs, I struggled to hold back my tears. It was a bittersweet reminder of the man I loved and missed,14 Papa's gentle voice on the record, however, assured me,15 that he was still with me, both in spirit and in song.

1.

A. NO CHANGE
B. package, left by the delivery man
C. package; left by the delivery man,
D. package, left by the delivery man,

2.

F. NO CHANGE
G. were scrawled on
H. scrawl on
J. scrawled

3.

A. NO CHANGE
B. inside,
C. inside and
D. inside, when

4.

F. NO CHANGE
G. box that
H. box, and
J. box

5. Given that all the choices are true, which one would most effectively illustrate the difference between outsiders' perception of the record and its actual significance to the writer's family?

A. NO CHANGE
B. In fact, the recording was not heard by many people outside my family.
C. To my family, however, it was a precious heirloom.
D. The disc would be in better condition had my uncle stored it in a sleeve.

6.

F. NO CHANGE
G. would have made
H. would have been making
J. had made

7.

A. NO CHANGE
B. band; performing
C. band, which he had performed
D. band, performing

8.

F. NO CHANGE
G. album, produced by Great Sounds Records,
H. Great Sounds Records album
J. album

9.

A. NO CHANGE
B. even so,
C. since,
D. for example,

10.

F. NO CHANGE
G. had been about
H. is
J. was to be

11.

A. NO CHANGE
B. begging
C. pleadingly begging
D. begging the plea

12. At this point in the essay, the writer wants to suggest the significance of his grandfather's cabin to the writer's upbringing. Given that all the choices are true, which one would best accomplish that purpose?

F. NO CHANGE
G. where I had spent many childhood summers.
H. which I still remembered well.
J. a family property for many generations.

13.

A. NO CHANGE
B. Playing all of our favorite songs, the many familiar tunes and guitar would be picked up by Papa.
C. Papa would also pick up his guitar and strum familiar tunes, playing all of our favorite songs, of which there were many.
D. Picking up his guitar, Papa would also play strumming familiar tunes all of our favorite, of which there were many, songs.

14.

F. NO CHANGE
G. missed for
H. missed.
J. missed

15.

A. NO CHANGE
B. me
C. me-
D. me;