ACT English Practice Test 69

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.












16.

F. NO CHANGE
G. She
H. However, she
J. On the contrary, she

17. Given that all the choices are true, which one best identifies a personal connection the narrator feels to the locations she visits?

A. NO CHANGE
B. National monuments are especially fun to visit, but the lines can be quite long.
C. Civil War battlefields feel so alive when you walk through them; you almost expect to see a soldier around every corner.
D. The historic homes we visited are so nice they have been featured in decorating magazines.

18. Given that all the choices are true, which one introduces the subject of this paragraph and reinforces the essay's presentation of the relationship between the narrator and her grandmother?

F. NO CHANGE
G. My grandmother never visited Washington, D.C. until she was in her twenties, even though she lived so close.
H. A proper understanding of history requires extensive reading.
J. My grandmother indulged my love of history and deepened my appreciation for all there is to learn from it.

19.

A. NO CHANGE
B. trip's
C. trips,
D. trips

20. The writer is considering deleting the phrase where the Revolutionary Army endured a brutal winter from the preceding sentence (deleting the comma following the phrase). Should the phrase be kept or deleted?

F. Kept, because it maintains the passage's focus on history.
G. Kept, because it explains the significance of Valley Forge, which might otherwise cause confusion.
H. Deleted, because the narrator has already established her interest in history.
J. Deleted, because the information overstates the severity of the weather during the Revolution.

21. Given that all the choices are true, which one best introduces the subject of this paragraph?

A. NO CHANGE
B. In my opinion, anything that has happened in the last century isn't history; it's current events.
C. My grandmother originally wanted to be a history teacher.
D. Studying history has really encouraged me in my other studies, too.

22.

F. NO CHANGE
G. she told me to hand her a pamphlet to read.
H. she read a pamphlet, telling me to hold it.
J. she handed me a pamphlet, holding it.

23.

A. NO CHANGE
B. and when each
C. for which each
D. each

24.

F. NO CHANGE
G. Laughing at my enthusiasm
H. So as to laugh about my enthusiasm
J. Finding humor

25.

A. NO CHANGE
B. released;
C. released:
D. released,

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

F. saw. I was amused to see that,
G. saw. To my utter amusement,
H. saw; amusingly,
J. saw, amusingly,

27.

A. NO CHANGE
B. admiring
C. lauding the high estimation of
D. adoring and praising

28.

F. NO CHANGE
G. party, everyone wanted to
H. party to
J. party, let's

29. Given that all the choices are true, which one best makes a connection between the narrator's view of history and that of her friends?

A. NO CHANGE
B. my friends enjoyed themselves at the party.
C. my friends now firmly believe that history can be fun, just like me.
D. my friends are a little less negative about the study of history.

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

F. am curious
G. am anxious to see
H. am nervous about
J. can't wait to know