ACT English Practice Test 68

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.











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

A. so as
B. as a means
C. so that
D. DELETE the underlined portion.

2.

F. NO CHANGE
G. players;
H. players,
J. players and

3.

A. NO CHANGE
B. His mother, considering business
C. Business was considered by his mother to be
D. Business considered his mother

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

F. that featured Gehrig
G. that Gehrig played in
H. in which Gehrig played
J. and played Gehrig

5.

A. NO CHANGE
B. broke many long-standing records,
C. broke many, long-standing, records
D. broke many long-standing records

6. Given that all the choices are true, which one most clearly communicates how positively Gehrig was viewed as a player?

F. NO CHANGE
G. impressed
H. offended
J. confused

7.

A. NO CHANGE
B. suddenly Gehrig's
C. suddenly Gehrigs
D. suddenly, Gehrigs

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

F. writer to infer
G. sports reporter to infer
H. writer to speculate
J. sports reporter to imply

9. Which of the following sequences of sentences makes this paragraph most logical?

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

10.

F. NO CHANGE
G. of withdrew
H. have withdrawn
J. have withdrew

11. At this point, the writer is thinking about adding the following true statement:

I know when I had to put my dog to sleep when he got cancer, all I could do was cry in my room for days.

Should the writer make this addition here?

A. Yes, because it provides a personal example comparable to the experience Lou Gehrig faced.
B. Yes, because it helps clarify the concept of mourning mentioned in the previous sentence.
C. No, because it detracts from the overall flow of the paragraph by adding irrelevant information.
D. No, because Gehrig did not have cancer.

12.

F. NO CHANGE
G. Gehrig's retirement,
H. Gehrigs retirement
J. Gehrigs' retirement

13. Given that all the choices are quotations attributed to Gehrig, which one would most effectively support the preceding statement in this sentence?

A. NO CHANGE
B. They're wishing me luck-and I'm dying.
C. I don't know if we're going to be successful or not, but we're going to give her a go.
D. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.

14.

F. NO CHANGE
G. man whose
H. man, who's
J. man who

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

After reviewing this essay, the writer is thinking about deleting its opening phrase-"Since their inception in 1913,"-and revising the capitalization accordingly. Should this phrase be kept or deleted?

A. Kept, because it explains why the New York Yankees have been so successful.
B. Kept, because it establishes when in Yankees' history Gehrig lived and played.
C. Deleted, because it provides information that is presented effectively later in the passage.
D. Deleted, because it does not provide the years in which the Yankees won the World Series.