ACT english practice test 40

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.

The Rodeo

I could hear their whispers as we image cantering 31 around the rodeo grounds after our number was called. “I can’t believe she’s riding that horse in this competition. Look at him!” Monte snorted as if he heard their collective voices in the wind. Yet his head was image so was mine, hearing a stronger, unwavering voice.

If the truth image wasn’t the most beautiful horse in the world. image

image Monte had learned a grace that could only have come from sheer spirit and determination.

[1]“No way! No way!” [2] My butt firmly in the saddle, my back straight, and the reins held just right, we smoothly turned into the barrels. [3] Western equitation image as unfamiliar to Monte and me as five 36 forks in a place setting at an upscale restaurant. [4] The voices in the wind followed us as Monte galloped faster around the ring. [5] Far from the bareback rides across the desert we had cherished over the years, we had image the rules and were making believers out of the crowd. [6] Monte, now almost on his side, was racing around the barrels as gracefully as if he had wings touched by angels, image

image as we cantered out of the ring and suddenly I didn’t see or hear anyone image my family. “No one will hurt your spirit but you,” my image voice image in the gentle wind that kissed my cheeks and my spirit. Monte looked so proud when image won first place.


B. beginning
C. begin
D. began


G. up, proud as ever, and
H. up proud as ever, and
J. up proud as ever and


B. were, told he
C. were told; he
D. were told he,

34. At this point, the writer is considering adding the following sentence:

His huge workhorse body and thoroughbred legs made him appear clumsy and out of proportion.

Would this be a relevant addition to make here?

F. Yes, because it provides clarity about why Monte is so graceful.
G. Yes, because it adds details relevant to the focus of the paragraph.
H. No, because it provides a digression that leads the paragraph away from its primary focus.
J. No, because the information is already provided elsewhere in the passage.


B. In fact,
C. Meanwhile,
D. Yet


G. is
H. will be
J. has been

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

B. beat
C. mastered
D. grasped

38. If the writer were to delete the underlined portion, placing a period after the word angels, the paragraph would primarily lose:

F. an emphasis on how quickly Monte raced.
G. information about how Monte was judged.
H. an explanation for how Monte raced gracefully.
J. an unnecessary detail.

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

A. where it is now.
B. before Sentence 2.
C. after Sentence 2.
D. after Sentence 6.

40. Given that all of the choices are true, which one most effectively introduces the action in this paragraph while suggesting the writer’s nervousness?

G. I proudly held up my head
H. I dropped the reins
J. I glanced anxiously at the crowd


B. accept for
C. except for
D. excepting


G. grandfathers
H. grandfathers’
J. grandfather


B. will echo
C. echoing
D. echoes


G. he and I
H. him and me
J. him and I

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

Suppose that one of the writer’s goals had been to illustrate that spirit and determination are just as important as inborn ability. Would this essay fulfill this goal?

A. Yes, because Monte was a beautiful racehorse who helped the writer overcome her challenges.
B. Yes, because the writer was able to win the race riding Monte, even though Monte wasn’t born with grace.
C. No, because the essay doesn’t address inborn abilities.
D. No, because neither Monte nor the writer demonstrated spirit and determination.