ACT english practice test 33

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.

No Place I’d Rather Be


I started taking group skating lessons when I was four. I progressed through various levels rapidly and gave my first ice performance at age image winning local and regional competitions. I began seriously training when I was nine years old. Mom and I would wake up at four o’clock in the morning, six days a week. I’d skate for five hours. Then I’d go to school


Saying good-bye to my image made me homesick before I image deep down that I had to leave and train full-time in Canada to give my dreams a chance at reality. I went to compete in the Olympic Games in 1992. No one, not my coach or even my family, ever talked to me about image In fact, I wouldn’t even allow myself to think about it. I thought my thoughts would jinx me. img went with the attitude that I wanted to enjoy the Olympic spirit. image


My practice sessions felt great leading up to the competition. Finally, the day arrived. I remember stepping onto the ice and thinking, I can’t do this. How am I going to keep myself from freaking out? I took a deep breath and image a solid performance that placed me first going into the finals.


When medals were awarded, I found myself on the image around my neck and image playing. Words can’t describe the overwhelming mixture of emotions I felt.


[1] Two days later, I was the first of the final six skaters on the image [2] My long 10 performance started well, but I slipped while completing one of my easiest triple jumps, and my hand touched the ice. [3] I didn’t want to make two mistakes in a row, so next I did a jump with just two spins to play it safe. [4] Usually jumps have three spins. [5] As I neared the end, I had one more jump, the triple Lutz. [6] Okay, this is it. [7] You have to do this, I told

myself. [8] I landed perfectly. image


image Frozen water can be so painfully hard and oh so cold—just as life can be. Ice doesn’t care who skates across its surface. It doesn’t care who loses balance and falls on image slippery back. Still, when the lights go on and the crowd roars its welcome, there’s no place I’d rather be.


B. seven. Soon I started
C. seven, soon I was
D. seven. Soon I had


G. family, and, friends
H. family and friends,
J. family and friends

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

A. even left yet I knew
B. even left. I knew
C. even left; I knew
D. even left; however, I knew

4. Given that all of the choices are true, which one provides information that is most relevant at this point in the essay?

G. all the hard work required
H. the joy of competing in the Olympics
J. winning a gold medal


B. Nevertheless, I
C. However, I
D. I

6. Which of the following statements, if added at the beginning of Paragraph 2, would most effectively introduce readers to the information presented in the paragraph?

F. I had always wanted to move away from home, so when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped.
G. Knowing that it was time to leave my childhood behind, I followed my coach’s advice and randomly moved to Canada.
H. Twenty-four hours after graduating from high school, I moved to Canada.
J. There was only one road to success, and hanging around my hometown waiting to be discovered wasn’t it.


B. begin
C. began
D. had begun


G. top step the gold, hanging
H. top, step the gold hanging
J. top step the gold hanging


B. Americas national anthem’s
C. Americas’ national anthem
D. America’s national anthem


G. cold yet shimmering, ice
H. cold, shimmering, ice
J. cold, shimmering ice

11. Which of the following sentences in this paragraph is LEAST relevant to the purpose of describing the narrator’s actions, and therefore, could be deleted?

A. Sentence 3
B. Sentence 4
C. Sentence 5
D. Sentence 7

12. Which of the following choices best introduces this paragraph?

G. There are so many reasons to love ice.
H. How can anyone love ice?
J. Ice has been around forever.


B. it’s
C. their
D. there

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

For the sake of the logic and coherence of this essay, Paragraph 5 should be placed:

F. where it is now.
G. after Paragraph 3.
H. before Paragraph 1.
J. after Paragraph 6.

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

Suppose the writer’s goal had been to write a brief essay about a significant event in her life. Would this essay successfully accomplish that goal?

A. Yes, because it focuses on a specific time in the narrator’s life and goes into detail about winning an Olympic gold medal.
B. Yes, because it details every event that indirectly led to an important achievement in the narrator’s life.
C. No, because it is more of a persuasive essay motivating the readers to pursue their dreams, even if it means personal sacrifice.
D. No, because the narrator mentions several events and doesn’t go into much detail about any one event.