ACT english practice test 39

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.

I Give Update

Everyone talks about how social networking sites like Facebook image together and image connect with friends 24 hours a day. To some people, however, this “connecting” is more complicated than it looks. Sometimes I’ll stare at that blank status-update box for half an hour trying to think of what to type, and usually I just give up without typing anything.

image considering that I’m a professional writer. Back in school, the other kids used to beg me for help with their English papers, so why am I suddenly the only one who image

image After all, other people’s status updates aren’t especially brilliant or interesting, and nobody seems to mind. Sometimes, they don’t even make sense. “Sitting in Starbucks LOL?” What the heck is up with that? Are you really sitting in a Starbucks, laughing out loud?

Doesn’t image insane?

It feels like I’m the only image figured out that “social networking” is really just a big competition for attention, with success measured in the number of comments other people leave on your updates. image nothing wrong with competition, but some people have such a big advantage in this one that it’s not even fun to play. A pretty girl can type “Bought a new swimsuit today!” and get 35 comments in about six minutes. I’m just as interested in pretty image as the next guy, but come on. I didn’t get 35 comments when I announced that my first book was being published. Maybe I should have announced it from a Starbucks, in which I was laughing out loud.

image depressing.

image would at least give me something to type, if not for the fact that depressing status updates are looked down upon. Social networking isn’t just about image about making other people image I’m starting to wonder how many status updates are even true. Did that person really just have “the best day ever” or just get back from “the best party ever,” or does he just want everyone to think he did? It would certainly be ironic if a program designed to help us connect with friends has instead forced us to spend all image our time lying to them. I’ve spent so much time thinking about this, I could probably write a book. Unfortunately, nobody would care, so I think instead I’ll just go buy a swimsuit.


G. have brought to us
H. has brought to us
J. has brought us


B. aloud us too
C. allowed us to
D. allowed us too

18. Which of the following choices would provide the most logical opening to this sentence?

G. My life has always been like this,
H. I have everybody fooled,
J. Nobody is very interested in what I have to

19. Which of the following choices would provide the most logical conclusion to this sentence?

B. spends most of his time online?
C. cares about what other people think?
D. can’t think of anything to say?

20. Given that all of the choices are true, which one would make the most logical opening for this paragraph?

G. Maybe I’m overthinking this.
H. Obviously, there are more productive things I could be doing with my time.
J. As everyone knows nowadays, Facebook was developed by Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard in 2003.


B. everyone thinks you’re
C. everyone think your
D. everyone thinks your


G. one had
H. one whose
J. one who’s


B. Theres
C. There’s
D. Their’s


G. girl’s swimsuits
H. girls’ swimsuits
J. girl’s swimsuit’s


B. Its’ also
C. Its all so
D. Its also


G. It is depressed
H. It is depressing
J. I am depressed

27. Which of the following alternatives to the underlined portion would NOT be acceptable?

A. attention. It is also
B. attention, you see, it’s also
C. attention, you see; it’s also
D. attention—it’s also


G. think that your having more fun than there.
H. think, which your having more fun then theirs.
J. think that you’re having more fun than they are.


B. is
C. are
D. hour Question 30 asks about the preceding passage as a whole.

30. Question below asks about the preceding passage as a whole.

Suppose the writer’s goal had been to write a brief essay arguing in favor of increased legal regulation of people’s online behavior. Would this essay fulfill that goal?

F. Yes, because the author established that other people’s online behavior lowers his selfesteem, which constitutes cyberbullying.
G. Yes, because the author clearly doesn’t like the way people act on social networking sites, which logically means he must want it to be illegal.
H. No, because the author does not sound angry, and therefore this cannot be an argumentative essay.
J. No, because the essay never mentions legal regulations or implies that the government needs to get involved in the matter.