ACT english practice test 6

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.

Crocheting Makes a Good Hobby

Crocheting is the art of making fabric by twisting yarn or thread with a hook. Although many associate it by1 older women, crocheting can be a fun hobby for people of both genders2 and all ages. Once you start crocheting, you won't be able to put down the hook; you'll have a hobby for life.

Time-honored and easily taught4 to all, crocheting is an easy hobby to pick up. Instructional books are readily available, and once you've learned a few basic stitches. Picking5 up the more advanced ones is a snap. Once you learn how to crochet, you can purchase store-bought books that detail6 that tell you exactly how to make the projects that interest you. Even if you want to try several projects, the supplies required for it's7 completion are minimal; all you need are a crochet hook, yarn, and a pair of scissors. You don't need to worry about making a big investment, either; fifteen dollars will buy you no fewer than8 three starter kits!

[1] As you grow more proficient, you can expand your supplies by purchasing hooks of different types9 to vary the size of your stitches. [2] Crochet hooks are available in all sizes, ranging,10 from very small to very large, with everything in between. [3] Some are so big that you need to use two strands of yarn. [4] Other hooks are very tiny, so small that you must use thread. [5] These hooks are suitable for making smaller, more delicate things such as lace doilies, tablecloths, and bedspreads. [6] These hooks make big stitches, so you can finish a project with them very quickly. [7] It is best to start with hooks that are medium in size; these are the easiest to manipulate and require only one strand of yarn.

Because it seems like there are a million hooks to keep track of,12 crocheting makes a good hobby because it requires only time and patience, not attention or tremendous investment. You can crochet while watching television, listening to music, or visiting with other people. It is fun and relaxing and allows you to express your creative side in an easy way. Also, you13 have finished a project, you have a cherished keepsake. Whether you have made an afghan to keep you warm on14 cold winter nights or a lace tablecloth to add a touch of elegance to your dining room, your creation is sure to be cherished for a long time to come.


B. to
C. by
D. with


G. for people of both genders, masculine and feminine,
H. for male and female people of both genders
J. for people of both genders, both males and females, both genders

3. At this point, the author is considering adding the following true statement:

Irish nuns helped save lives with crocheting when they used it as a way to make a living during the Great Irish Potato Famine of 1846.

Should the writer add this sentence here?

A. Yes, because it is essential to know when crocheting became internationally prominent and how it did so.
B. Yes, because the reference to the Great Irish Potato Famine demonstrates that the author is conscious of historical events.
C. No, because the reference to the Great Irish Potato Famine is not relevant to the main topic of this essay.
D. No, because many people who left Ireland in 1846 brought crocheting with them to the United States and Australia.


G. teaches
H. taughted
J. teached


B. stitches; picking
C. stitches, picking
D. stitches since picking


G. buy books and other pamphlets at craft and book stores detailing certain specific patterns
H. buy pattern books
J. acquire store-bought pattern books


B. its
C. its'
D. their


G. fewer then
H. less than
J. less then


B. types;
C. types:
D. types,


G. sizes, ranging
H. sizes; ranging
J. sizes ranging,

11. For the sake of the logic and coherence of this paragraph, Sentence 6 should be placed:

A. where it is now.
B. after Sentence 1.
C. after Sentence 3.
D. after Sentence 7.

12. Given that all the choices are true, which one provides the most effective transition from the preceding paragraph to this one?

G. Because it can take a long time to finish a project,
H. With such a simple and inexpensive set of materials,
J. No longer a field dominated primarily by older women,


B. Also, finally you
C. Also, despite the fact you
D. Also, once you


G. at
H. of
J. within

15. Suppose the writer's goal had been to write an essay that demonstrates the commercial potential of crocheting. Would this essay successfully accomplish that goal?

This question asks about the preceding passage as a whole.

A. Yes, because it gives examples of end products of crocheting and shows the different kinds of materials needed to produce a wide range of products.
B. Yes, because it discusses the supplies necessary to create crocheted products, and it shows the usefulness of many of them during the cold winter months.
C. No, because it does not mention the market value of crocheted products or how one might go about selling them.
D. No, because it describes other industries and hobbies that would be more commercially successful.