ACT english practice test 57

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 Greatest

[1]

In image

Cassius Clay’s bike was stolen. image to beat up the thief if he ever found him, and someone

suggested that Cassius image boxing lessons before making such boasts.

[2]

[1] It would not be the last time he would prove

everyone wrong, but even image lay ahead.

[2] imageimageimage [3] He turned out to be a very gifted boxer, and decided to stick with the sport, working his way up through the amateur ranks.

[4] Liston had been heavily favored, and Cassius’s image called himself “too fast” and “too pretty” to lose—had made people think he was in for a rude awakening. image

[3]

After the victory, Clay announced that he had converted

to Islam, and changed his name to the image today: Muhammad Ali. In addition to defeating one challenger after another, Ali became

active in the Black civil rights image many conservative boxing fans. In 1966, the U.S. government tried to draft Ali into service in the Vietnam

War. image religious grounds, he refused to go, and was stripped of his title and imprisoned.

[4]

Released in 1970, imageimage against the undefeated George Foreman. Foreman seemed invincible, and fans feared that Ali might be seriously hurt or even killed. Ali spent the beginning of the fight on the ropes, and seemed to be losing badly, but then his strategy became

clear: image Ali sprang to life, knocking out the younger fighter in the eighth round.

[5]

Ali retired in 1981, and was eventually diagnosed

with Parkinson’s disease, imageimage He lit the Olympic flame before an adoring crowd in 1996, and Sports Illustrated magazine later named him “Sportsman of

the image
image Ali himself still prefers the familiar title he correctly predicted he would hold: “The Greatest of All Time.” image

61.

A. NO CHANGE
B. Louisville Kentucky, in 1954, 12-year-old
C. Louisville, Kentucky in 1954, 12-year-old
D. Louisville, Kentucky, in 1954, 12-year-old

62.

F. NO CHANGE
G. Devastation vows
H. Devastatedly vowing
J. Devastated, and he vowed

63.

A. NO CHANGE
B. took
C. would take
D. had better take

64.

F. NO CHANGE
G. bigger struggles
H. greater, more challenging struggles
J. more challenges to overcome

65.

A. NO CHANGE
B. After winning a gold medal, at the 1960 Olympics he turned pro and stunned the sporting world, by defeating Sonny Liston for the heavyweight championship.
C. After winning a gold medal at the 1960 Olympics, he turned pro and stunned the sporting world by defeating Sonny Liston, for the heavyweight championship.
D. After winning a gold medal at the 1960 Olympics, he turned pro and stunned the sporting world by defeating Sonny Liston for the heavyweight championship.

66.

F. NO CHANGE
G. brashness prior to the fight, and
H. brashness prior to the fight—he’d
J. brashness: prior to the fight he’d

67. The most logical order for the sentences in Paragraph 2 would be:

A. NO CHANGE
B. 1, 3, 2, 4.
C. 3, 2, 4, 1.
D. 3, 1, 4, 2.

68.

F. NO CHANGE
G. one, which we know
H. one in which we know
J. one that we know of him

69. Which of the following alternatives to the underlined portion would be LEAST acceptable?

A. movement; this upset
B. movement, having upset
C. movement, thereby upsetting
D. movement, a decision that upset

70.

F. NO CHANGE
G. Therefore, on
H. Although on
J. On

71.

A. NO CHANGE
B. the championship would be Ali’s again if he managed to win his bout
C. the boxing commission eventually granted Ali a chance to regain the championship: a match
D. Ali worked his way up to another shot at the championship,

72.

F. NO CHANGE
G. exhausted,
H. when Foreman had exhausted himself,
J. quickly, before Foreman was exhausted,

73.

A. NO CHANGE
B. finally shocking the sporting world into revering him
C. both shocking and revering the sporting world
D. which the sporting world first shocked, but then revered

74.

F. NO CHANGE
G. Century” for his combination of skill, bravery, and magnetism
H. Century” for his combination, of skill, bravery and magnetism
J. Century” for his combination of skill bravery and magnetism

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

Suppose the author had intended to write an essay for boxing fans about what made Muhammad Ali such a successful boxer. Did this essay achieve that goal?

A. Yes, because it makes very clear that Ali is widely considered the greatest boxer of all time.
B. No, because it is more an essay for a general audience about Ali’s cultural importance.
C. Yes, because the essay describes the strategy Ali used to win one very famous fight.
D. No, because the essay’s style is much too flowery and verbose to appeal to boxing fans.