ACT english practice test 41

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.

Not in Our Stars

I guess I can’t blame people image thousands of years ago for believing in astrology—there was simply image any better. But it’s honestly incredible to me that, after all the knowledge science has given us about how the universe really works, there are still millions of people who eagerly read their horoscopes in the paper every morning and actually expect image to mean anything. image

image We’re all familiar with the twelve signs of the zodiac and the image born under different signs: a Pisces is emotional, a Taurus is stubborn, an Aquarius is clever. The problem, of course, is that these vague qualities can appear to apply to anyone. Who isn’t emotional or stubborn at times? And all people think they’re clever—even when they aren’t! If only astrology made image a little more specific, we might be rid of it by now. For example, if “the stars” predicted that all Sagittarians would be left-handed, or that all Libras would have 20/20 vision, we would be able to test these claims, and astrology would fail. But since the only “test” involves people who want to believe in it image whether to apply broad compliments like “brave” or “insightful” to image astrology probably won’t be going away anytime soon.

I can see how people centuries ago image it was logical for heavenly bodies to “influence” events on Earth, but the funny part is that the math is all wrong. All of the star charts on which astrology is based were drawn up when people still thought that the Earth, rather than the sun, was at the center of the solar system. Plus, as Einstein figured out image the stars’ apparent positions aren’t really where they are, because the light they emit is bent by gravity before it reaches our eyes. So even if astrology were true, it would be full of mistakes! Luckily for image all a bunch of nonsense, so nobody ever noticed.

I’m not ready for astrology to go away just image always enjoy meeting people who believe in it at a party. Once someone brings it up, I know it’s only a matter of time before he or she asks me what my sign is, and my answer is always the same. “Well, you’ve been talking to me all night,” image “Shouldn’t you be able to tell?” image

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

F. in which
G. who lived
H. all those
J. DELETE the underlined portion.


B. know way for them to now
C. no way for them to know
D. now way for them to no


G. it
H. themselves
J. DELETE the underlined portion.

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

Just imagine if a newspaper ever accidentally printed the horoscopes under the wrong signs—people would be so confused, watching things happen to the wrong people all day!

Should the writer add this sentence here?

A. Yes, because it is a humorous way of illustrating the fact that horoscopes are meaningless.
B. Yes, because this is something that might actually happen, and people deserve to be warned.
C. No, because it is disrespectful to people who work in graphic design for newspapers.
D. No, because it does not offer definitive proof that horoscopes do not accurately predict the future.

50. Which of the following would make for the most logical opening to this paragraph?

G. Modern astronomy first became distinct from astrology in the second century.
H. I do have a few friends who believe in astrology, which has led to some amusing arguments.
J. I’m sure I don’t need to explain what astrology is.


B. personality traits of people supposed to be
C. people’s traits supposedly personally
D. supposed personality traits of people


G. claims, which were
H. claims that were
J. claims, that were


B. deciding
C. to decide
D. and decided


G. their friends and they,
H. their friends, and themselves,
J. themselves and their friends,


B. could’ve thought
C. should have thought
D. might of thought

56. The best placement for the underlined portion would be:

F. where it is now.
G. after the word are (but before the comma).
H. after the word emit.
J. after the word gravity.


B. astrologers are
C. astrologers, and
D. astrologers, and it’s


G. yet, however I
H. yet, however; I
J. yet—however—I


B. I’ll reply.
C. and I replied.
D. and replied:

60. The writer is considering concluding the essay with the following statement:

At the end of the day, though, I don’t think anything annoys me as much as going into a bookstore and seeing all the space they waste with books on astrology.

Should the writer end the essay with this statement?

F. Yes, because it is logical for a writer to end an essay with a reference to bookstores.
G. Yes, because unnecessary books are a waste of trees and therefore bad for the environment.
H. No, because this is an essay about people’s superstitions, not how bookstores are arranged.
J. No, because the previous sentence makes for a much more pointed and memorable ending.