ACT english practice test 34

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.

A Journey on Cane River

Growing up, I knew for an absolute fact that no one on the planet was stronger than my mother. So when she told me stories of people she admired growing up, I paid attention. She was clearly in awe of her grandmother, Emily. image her grandmother as iron-willed and devilish, physically beautiful and demanding of beauty from others, determined to make her farmhouse in central Louisiana a fun place to be on Sundays when family gathered, and fanatical and unforgiving about the responsibilities generated from family ties. On one hand, image soft-spoken, and classy. On the other, she was a woman from the backwoods of Louisiana, possibly born a slave, unapologetic about dipping snuff, who buzzed on her homemade muscadine wine each and every day.

Emily image puzzle of this woman simmered on the back burner of my conscious mind for decades, undoubtedly image questions about who I was as well.

Hooked, I traced my mother’s line to a place in Louisiana called Cane River, imageimageimage

I decided to hire a specialist on Cane River image find my great-grandmother Emily’s grandmother.

In a collection of ten thousand unindexed local records written in image Creole French, she found the bill of sale for my great-great-great-great-grandmother Elisabeth, image sold in 1850 in Cane River, Louisiana, for eight hundred dollars.

image I had no choice. I had to write their story and document their lives—my history. image after all, real flesh-and-blood people. I pieced their lives together as best I could, re-creating what life must have been like for them during the 1800s and 1900s. image

imageCane River, a novelized account covering one hundred years in America’s history and following four generations of Creole slave women in Cane River, image struggled to keep their families intact through the dark days of slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the pre-civil rights era of Jim Crow South. imageimage


G. She describes
H. Describing
J. Because she described


B. Emily was, refined, graceful, elegant,
C. Emily was refined, and graceful and elegant
D. Emily was; refined, graceful, elegant,


G. intrigued me, and, the puzzle
H. intrigued me and, the puzzle
J. intrigued me and the puzzle,

19. Which of the following alternatives to the underlined portion would be LEAST acceptable?

A. prompting
B. halting
C. stirring
D. triggering

20. If the writer were to delete the underlined portion from the sentence, the paragraph would primarily lose:E

F. details that emphasize the historical importance of the geographical location.
G. a comparison of this location with the rest of the state of Louisiana.
H. information that explains the narrator’s reasons for wanting to explore the Cane River.
J. nothing at all, since these geographical details are irrelevant to the paragraph.


B. culture a genealogist, to
C. culture—a genealogist—to
D. culture a genealogist


G. poorly preserved
H. preserved poorly
J. preserved poor


B. whom
C. who have
D. who was

24. Given that all choices are true, which one provides the best transition between paragraphs?

G. Sooner or later,
H. At this point,
J. However,


B. They are,
C. I am,
D. We could be,

26. The writer is considering adding the following phrase to the preceding sentence, after the word could:

from over a thousand documents uncovered in my years of research.

Should the writer make this addition?

F. Yes, because it emphasizes how much work the writer had to do in order to complete the book.
G. Yes, because it provides details that prove that Cane River is a fictional novel.
H. No, because the information is unnecessary and detracts from the main idea of the sentence.
J. No, because the phrase fails to specify the precise number of documents examined.


B. The result was
C. Having the result of
D. Results were


G. Louisiana when they
H. Louisiana, they
J. Louisiana, who

29. Given that all of the choices are true, which one best concludes this essay by tying this paragraph to the essay’s introduction?

B. I had always wanted to write a book, and was proud of my accomplishment.
C. Finally I, along with the rest of the world, had an idea of who Emily really was.
D. This was the first book published about Creole slave women.

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

Suppose the writer’s goal had been to describe the personal benefits of writing a book. Does this essay successfully accomplish that goal?

F. Yes, the author explains how writing Cane River made her a better person.
G. Yes, the author discusses why she wanted to write a book and then details the many steps involved.
H. No, because it focuses instead on biographical information about the author’s family.
J. No, the essay fails to provide enough information about what the author gained from the experience of writing the book.