ACT English Practice Test 76: The Paris Metro

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 following paragraphs may or may not be in the most logical order. You may be asked questions about the logical order of the paragraphs, as well as where to place sentences logically within any given paragraph.

The Paris Metro


If you ever travel to Europe, you will likely want to visit the monuments and museums of Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. immerse yourself in art, architecture, and the history of Western civilization. , but the most amazing thing about visiting Paris is the ease with which you can tour the city using the extensive subway the French call the Métropolitain, or simply the Metro.


The Metro was constructed in anticipation of the 1900 World Fair. Additional tunnels were excavated over the following three the Metro one of the world's most extensive and most patronized subway systems. Second in size only to the New York City subway, the stations throughout Paris. 51 Paris does have buses and taxis, but nothing is faster or more convenient than catching a subway train. Not just a useful resource for Parisians, the Metro is ideal for tourist travel . All major sites in the city have a nearby station, most the attraction they are near. For example, the Louvre-Rivoli Station drops you off next door to the famous museum, and the Pont Neuf Station is at the foot of the famous bridge across the River Seine. I love the feeling of going back to the surface in another famous place. The Metro is also fast, with a train arriving at the station every few minutes. Best of all, tourists can buy a day pass for unlimited Metro trips, or a single ticket if just one trip is needed. your ticket once and you may enter the network, including all transfers between lines. 56


I would much rather use the Metro than rent a car in Paris. Beyond eliminating the stresses of city high cost of fuel in Europe, the Metro keeps you from ever getting lost. You can wander to your heart's content, discovering the corners of Paris tourists rarely see. Metro travel couldn't be easier!


People to making transportation arrangements ahead of time when traveling to a new place. What I admire about the Paris Metro is the incredible freedom of movement that As soon as you arrive at the airport, you can buy a pass and head underground. The monuments and museums of Paris are amazing, but I am equally impressed by how easy and cheap it is to travel between them beneath the city.


G. You will
H. You while there
J. DELETE the underlined portion.


B. France's capital has cultural treasures, they are awe-inspiring
C. The awe-inspiring treasures of France's capital
D. The treasures of France's capital that inspire awe


G. network that being which
H. network, what
J. network;


B. decades-making
C. decades, making
D. decades; making


G. Metros'
H. Metro is
J. Metro has

6. At this point in the paragraph, the writer wishes to emphasize the expansiveness of the Metro system and the coverage that it provides. Which of the following sentences does that best?

A. Each station serves a multitude of travelers.
B. Sometimes, you have to walk as far as nine or ten blocks to get to the nearest Metro station.
C. If you cannot read or understand French, you might have a hard time navigating from station to station.
D. You cannot walk anywhere along the streets of Paris without encountering a staircase that descends to a Metro station.


G. (your country of origin aside)
H. (even if you are not French!)
J. DELETE the underlined portion.


B. named for
C. naming
D. names are


G. underground at one attraction, coming up
H. underground at one attraction, and come
J. underground at one attraction, and coming


B. You swiped
C. Swipe
D. You will swipe

11. The writer wishes to add a relevant example to Paragraph 2 without straying from the purpose of informing the reader as to how advantageous using the Metro is. Which of the following alternatives does that best?

F. I once made a trip from the end of one line to the end of another, with three transfers in between. I can't imagine how expensive such a taxi ride would have been!
G. I always purchase a day pass for unlimited trips. When I am in Paris, I want to cram as much sightseeing as possible into my schedule.
H. I once accidentally got on a train going the wrong direction, but I simply transferred trains and was on my way to the Notre Dame.
J. If you buy an unlimited day pass, be careful not to lose it. If you do, you will be forced to purchase a whole new ticket!


B. driving parking and the
C. driving, parking and the
D. driving, parking, and the


G. are generally accustomed
H. generally can be accustomed
J. generally accustom


B. provided by the Paris Metro.
C. the Paris Metro provides.
D. providing it.

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

The writer wishes to include the following sentence in the essay:

When you've had your fill, you can simply stride right into the nearest Metro station, look at the map, and head straight for home.

This sentence will fit most smoothly and logically into Paragraph:

F. 1, before the last sentence.
G. 2, after the last sentence.
H. 3, before the last sentence.
J. 4, before the last sentence.