ACT english practice test 44

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.

Stealing Mona Lisa

It is the world’s most famous painting, image admired, analyzed, image for over 500 years. You’d think that any sane thief would set his sights on a less ambitious target. But in 1911, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, image for two years.

Vincenzo Perrugia was an Italian immigrant who had worked at France’s famous Louvre museum for barely a month, image enough time for him to formulate a daring plan. Knowing that the museum would be closed for restorations on August 21, he hid inside at closing the night before. The following day, image until he found himself alone in the gallery where the Mona Lisa hung.

He quickly snatched it image the wall and absconded into a stairwell, where he smashed the frame, then rolled up the painting and hid it in his smock.

image the door at the bottom of the stairs locked, he smashed the knob, and calmly reported the broken lock to a custodian on his way out of the building.

imageimage Many workers passed the empty space on the wall where they knew the Mona Lisa usually hung, but since restorations were taking place all day, just assumed that the museum’s prized possession was being touched up or reframed image. When it was discovered that the painting was gone, a massive manhunt began. Theorizing that a radical young artist might have stolen it image, police even arrested and questioned such figures as Pablo Picasso and surrealist poet Guillaume Apollinaire.

Perrugia hid the painting in his apartment and waited. As time passed, the search lost momentum and the image

Fortunately, image for the crime led to its recovery: he felt that the Mona Lisa belonged in da Vinci’s native Italy, image had been stolen by Napoleon a century earlier. In 1913, he smuggled it there and offered it to the director of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Perrugia expected a hero’s welcome and a reward for his patriotic crime, but gallery personnel stalled him while police were called, and he was arrested.

image the Mona Lisa was exhibited all over Italy for months before being returned to the Louvre, and as for Vincenzo Perrugia himself, the Italian courts took his patriotism (and the popularity of his crime in Italy) into consideration, and for the theft of the most priceless portable object on the face of the earth, he served only a few months in jail!

The following paragraphs may or may not be in the most logical order. Each paragraph is numbered in brackets, and question 45 will ask you to choose where Paragraph 1 should most logically be placed.


G. endlessly
H. it was endlessly
J. that has been endlessly


B. and parodied
C. and it was parodied
D. it was parodied


G. went missing and was stolen
H. had been stolen, remaining missing
J. was missing

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

A. this was
B. which was
C. evidently
D. DELETE the underlined portion.

20. Given that all the choices are true, which one provides the most specific information about Perrugia’s methods?

G. Perrugia somehow managed to evade detection
H. just as he would eventually tell his grandchildren, Perrugia remained in the museum
J. disguised in a smock, Perrugia walked around looking busy

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

A. from
B. off of
C. from of
D. from off


G. Although he would find
H. Just before he found
J. Finding

23. Given that all the choices are true, which one most effectively introduces the paragraph?

B. There’s no record of how long it took for the lock to be repaired, if it ever was.
C. The staff of the Louvre did not immediately realize that a theft had occurred.
D. The Louvre had seen its share of troubles since it was first constructed as a fortress in the twelfth century.


G. in private.
H. by Italian artisans.
J. automatically.

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

A. out of ignorance
B. as a form of protest
C. to make a point
D. as some pretentious prank


G. gone masterwork was forever feared.
H. masterwork was feared gone forever.
J. masterwork was forever feared gone.


B. the motivation had
C. Perrugia being motivated
D. Perrugia’s motivation


G. after which
H. into there
J. whereas

29. The writer would like to begin the final sentence with a phrase that indicates Perrugia might not have been as crazy as he seems. Given that all the choices are true, which one best accomplishes the writer’s goal?

B. Still, his expectations were not entirely off-base:
C. Curiously, it was the last time he ever felt the need to steal anything:
D. Curiously, a war between France and Italy was only a few short years away:

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

Suppose the writer’s goal had been to write a brief essay explaining the background, execution, and aftermath of a famous crime. Would this essay accomplish that goal?

F. Yes, because it establishes that everyone knew about the theft at the time, even though some people don’t nowadays.
G. Yes, because it presents a sufficiently complete picture of Perrugia’s theft of the Mona Lisa.
H. No, because it tells us virtually nothing about why the Mona Lisa is so important.
J. No, because it clearly states that Perrugia’s punishment was not nearly harsh enough.