ACT english practice test 7

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.

Seurat's Masterpiece

[1] How can I describe the wonder I felt the first time I saw my favorite painting, Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte? [2] I had admired the work for years in art books, but I never thought I saw16 the actual painting, which was housed in Chicago, many miles from where I lived. [3] I finally got my chance to17 when I met someone else who loved the painting as much as I did. [4] We both had three days off at the same time, so we decided to make a road trip to Chicago so we could see the painting in all it's18 grandeur. [5] We packed our bags, jumped in the car, and headed19 on our way toward Chicago.

[1] The first thing that struck me as we entered the room where the painting was displayed;21 was the size of the painting. [2] A common size for canvases is 24 by 36 inches. [3] It was enormous! [4] It covered a large part of an even larger wall. [5] The painting's size amazed me since it was painted with dots, a technique called pointillism. [6] To create a painting of such magnitude using this technique seemed an almost impossible task.22 [7] Seurat had done it, though, and had made it look easy!

Even more impressive, however, was24 the beauty of the painting. Viewed from a distance, the colors looked muted, capturing the idyllic mood of a summer day in the park.

When I approached the painting, though,25 its colors exploded into myriad hues, illustrating the artist's skill in combining colors to create a mood. Even the parts of the painting that appeared white from a distance were vibrantly multicolored when viewed up close. The effect was incredible;

he27 sat and stared at the painting in wonder for a good portion of the afternoon.

My friend and I saw many other sights,29 on our trip to Chicago, but the best part by far was being able to see our favorite work of art. The image is forever imprinted in my mind at the museum gift shop30, even when I'm not looking at the souvenir print I bought.


G. would see
H. had seen
J. was seeing


B. at the moment
C. just to
D. DELETE the underlined portion.


G. our
H. its
J. its'


B. jumped in the car, and had headed
C. jumped in the car, and head
D. had jumped in the car, and headed

20. Upon reviewing this paragraph and noticing that some information has been left out, the writer composes the following sentence, incorporating the information:

Her name was Lisa; she lived in my dorm, and a mutual friend had introduced us to each other, knowing how much both of us loved art.

For the sake of the logic of this paragraph, this sentence should be placed after Sentence:

F. 2
G. 3
H. 4
J. 5


B. displayed:
C. displayed,
D. displayed


G. task and difficult to complete.
H. task, difficult to complete.
J. task, overwhelming in its difficulty.

23. Which of the following sentences is LEAST relevant to the development of this paragraph and therefore could be deleted?

A. Sentence 2
B. Sentence 4
C. Sentence 5
D. Sentence 6

24. Given that all of the choices are accurate, which provides the most effective and logical transition from the preceding paragraph to this one?

G. One thing that struck me was
H. Many art critics have written about
J. The debate rages on over

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

A. As I approached the painting, though,
B. However, as I approached the painting,
C. I approached the painting, though,
D. However, when I approached the painting,

26. If the writer were to delete the phrase "from a distance" from the preceding sentence, the paragraph would primarily lose:

F. an essential point explaining the author's love of the painting.
G. the first part of the contrast in this sentence, which the author uses to describe viewing the painting.
H. a further indication of the length of the road trip taken by the author and her friend.
J. nothing, because the information provided by this phrase is stated more clearly elsewhere in the paragraph.


B. one
C. they
D. we

28. At this point, the writer is considering adding the following true statement:

The Art Institute of Chicago contains many other famous paintings, among them Edvard Munch's The Scream and Grant Wood's American Gothic.

Should the writer make this addition here?

F. Yes, because it gives additional details essential to understanding the collection at the museum.
G. Yes, because it demonstrates a contrast between the author's favorite painting and those in this sentence.
H. No, because it provides information that is not relevant at this point in the paragraph and essay.
J. No, because it is contradicted by other information presented in this essay.


B. sights, which
C. sights;
D. sights

30. The best placement for the underlined portion would be:

F. where it is now.
G. after the word image.
H. after the word looking.
J. after the word bought (ending the sentence with a period).