ACT english practice test 36

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.

Money Monkeys

The mountainous regions of northern Japan image not only for their beauty but also for their hot springs, known as onsen. Created naturally by the same volcanic activity that formed the Japanese islands image the springs are not only relaxing but believed to be therapeutic, due to the high mineral content of their waters.

[1] At many onsen, native populations of Japanese Macaques, a gray, pink-faced monkey species famed for image intelligence, make a habit of dipping in them as well. [2] For the most part, the monkeys are well mannered and cause no problems for humans. [3] Tourists are always especially entertained by them, and so the monkeys are gladly tolerated by the operators of the various springs. [4] Humans are not the only creatures who enjoy bathing in the springs. image

At one image clever apes are causing an amusing problem. Visitors to this particular location image to keep their cars locked and their wallets and purses hidden, because the monkeys are image to get their money! After years of observing humans in line at the gift and snack shops, the macaques at this onsen have deduced that certain special imageimage for food. In short order, the hungry simians were sneaking into unlocked cars, grabbing money, and trotting over to the shops to purchase themselves a snack.

imageimage After all, the monkeys were waiting politely in line and paying for their purchases, just like the human customers, so there was no real reason not to accept their business. image however, someone pointed out that there was no possible way a monkey could get money image stealing it from a human. So now, when a cash-carrying macaque steps into line, special monkey-specific security guards are on hand to chase him image this will eliminate the monkey’s motive for theft.

I suppose that makes sense, but image I’m not much of a traveler, but if there was one thing that could image halfway around the world, it’s the possibility of seeing a monkey with a wad of bills in his paw waiting in line to buy a bag of chips. image


G. renown
H. are renowned
J. have been renown

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

A. later,
B. themselves,
C. on which they sit,
D. DELETE the underlined portion (but preserve the comma).


G. it’s
H. its
J. they’re

49. For the sake of the logic and coherence of this paragraph, Sentence 4 should be placed:

A. where it is now.
B. before Sentence 1.
C. before Sentence 2.
D. before Sentence 3.


G. onsen, however the
H. onsen, however, the
J. onsen—however, the


B. are strong with encouragement
C. being strongly encouraged
D. are strongly encouraged

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

F. wanting
G. seeking
H. after
J. pilfering


B. objects—namely, paper money and coins—can be exchanged
C. objects, namely, paper money—and coins—can be exchanged
D. objects, namely paper money and coins—can be exchanged

54. If the writer were to delete the underlined portion, the paragraph would primarily lose:

F. an explanation of the fact that the employees at this onsen were particularly inexperienced.
G. further detail about the cleverness of this species of monkey.
H. emphasis of the extremely bizarre nature of the situation.
J. foreshadowing of the fact that things are not going to turn out well for the monkeys.


B. Additionally,
C. Eventually,
D. Although

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

F. would be
G. except for
H. besides
J. outside of


B. out, in the hopes that
C. out in the hopes, that
D. out, in the hopes, that


G. I disappoint people.
H. personally I’m disappointed.
J. I’m personally disappointed.


B. motivate me flying
C. be motivating me flying
D. be motivating me to fly

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

Although I’m not even sure monkeys like chips, so I suppose I shouldn’t buy my ticket just yet.

Should the writer make this addition here?

F. Yes, because it provides the necessary information that the author is a cautious person.
G. Yes, because this is a question about monkeys that is important for the reader to consider.
H. No, because the previous sentence already effectively and humorously ended the passage.
J. No, because the tone of the sentence is inconsistent with that of the rest of the passage.