ACT english practice test 10

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.

Fun with Karaoke


[1] Karaoke is one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the world. [2] What defies understanding, though, is why so many ordinary people insist on getting up on stage in public, humiliating themselves in front of both their friends; and peers.61 [3] Whether practiced at home, in a restaurant, or at a party, karaoke is a form of entertainment that provides62 people with a great time and a positive feeling. [4] It is understandable that people would enjoy singing in the privacy of their homes. [5] There are many different ways to respond to this question.


Looking64 more closely, and you'll see a main reason for karaoke's success is its glitz and glamour. Karaoke provides people with a moment when they are more than just everyday folks-they are stars. Even though their performances may be heard only in dimly lit bars or busy restaurants, but65 karaoke singers are still performing as if in a true concert with such concert-hall staples,66 as microphones, lights, and applause. Even though the singers' voices are not spectacular, the audience has known67 that it's all for fun and responds anyway. And in the end, everyone would like to be a rock star. Karaoke is as close as many people will get to fame and stardom, but this is not the only reason for its enduring popularity.68


There is another, more obvious reason why karaoke is so popular and singing in public is such fun. The average person allows his or her singing to be heard only in the shower or in the car as the radio plays. Karaoke, by contrast,69 allows the average person the opportunity to share that ordinarily solitary experience with other people. In lieu of70 how good or bad their voices are, people can experience the sheer joy of music with others, whose71 singing is mostly a private affair as well, through karaoke.


The effect karaoke has on people may also provide an explanation for its popularity: it helps bring people who are ordinarily shy out of their shells. Karaoke helps them overcome stage fright, build their self-confidence, and conquer their fears. The singers may feel nervous or silly if73 they first take the stage, but when the audience breaks out into applause, the singers are sure to feel rewarded.


Whatever the reason, karaoke continues to grow in popularity. Last year, karaoke made no less than74 $7 billion in profit in Japan. Many dismiss it as a fad, but as long as karaoke is fun and leaves people feeling good, it will not disappear.


B. friends and peers.
C. friends, and peers.
D. friends and, peers.

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

F. that has provided
G. , providing
H. , that is, providing
J. that having provided

63. For the sake of logic and coherence, Sentence 2 should be placed:

A. where it is now.
B. after Sentence 3.
C. after Sentence 4.
D. after Sentence 5.


G. Having looked
H. To look
J. Look


B. restaurants which
C. restaurants,
D. restaurants but


G. staples:
H. staples
J. staples;


B. is knowing
C. knew
D. knows

68. Given that all the choices are true, which one would most effectively conclude this paragraph while leading into the main focus of the next paragraph?

G. This is why AudioSynTrac and Numark Electronics were so successful in debuting the first sing-along tapes and equipment back in the 1970s.
H. Japan's lasting influence on karaoke is obvious all the way down to its name-the Japanese word karaoke translates roughly to "empty orchestra."
J. Singing in front of people is more fun for many people than singing in the shower or in the car.


B. furthermore,
C. moreover,
D. as a result,


G. Regardless of
H. However
J. Because of


B. who
C. whom
D. who's

72. If the writer were to delete the clause "who are ordinarily shy" from the preceding sentence, the essay would primarily lose:

F. a detail that explains why karaoke is so popular in the international community.
G. a detail meant to indicate that karaoke is popular among those not normally inclined to sing in public.
H. information that emphasizes the possible psychological benefits of karaoke for the chronically shy.
J. an indication that karaoke may be used at some future time to help singers overcome stage fright.


B. when
C. unless
D. where


G. lesser than
H. fewer then
J. few than

75. This question asks about the preceding passage as a whole.

Upon reviewing notes for this essay, the writer comes across some information and composes the following sentence incorporating that information:

While different regions of the United States prefer different artists, the most popular karaoke requests are invariably for country artists, varying from the modern Carrie Underwood to the classic Johnny Cash.

For the sake of the logic and coherence of this essay, this sentence should be:

A. placed at the end of Paragraph 3.
B. placed at the end of Paragraph 4.
C. placed at the end of Paragraph 5.
D. NOT added to the essay at all.