ACT english practice test 50

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.

Mystery at the Roof of the World


Many trustworthy people image they saw it with their own eyes. On the other hand, hard physical image been notoriously difficult to come by. Does the mysterious Himalayan creature known as the Yeti really exist? We may be closer than ever to an answer.


After sightings, the most common pieces of Yeti image footprints. But footprints left in the snow or mud of such a frigid habitat are largely unreliable, as they are distorted by repeated cycles of freezing and thawing. image Some of the clearer tracks have turned out to be image still were determined to have been made by Himalayan Brown Bears. Still, biologists have examined several that appear to have been made by a five-toed biped that is neither a human nor any known species of ape image


In the 1950s, it became known that a few remote Buddhist image were in possession of relics claimed image real body parts from Yeti. A supposed Yeti scalp was examined, but was determined to have been taken from the shoulder of an antelope. A more bizarre story is that of the “Pangboche Hand.”

image bones of a Yeti forelimb, it was examined by adventurer Tom Slick in 1959, but the monks would not let it be removed for further testing. Slick covertly stole two finger bones from the hand, replacing them with human bones, and escaped with them into India. From there, the bones were smuggled by the famous actor Jimmy Stewart into London, where testing suggested that they were fossils from a Neanderthal. image In 1991, however, further testing with more advanced equipment determined that they were “near human,” but from an unknown creature.


The creature, most often described as a tall, hairy biped, has for centuries been regarded with a mix of fear and reverence by the Tibetans and Nepalese.

Westerners first became acquainted with him image British explorer publicized the eyewitness accounts of his

guides. The most image the beast was coined in 1921 by journalist Henry Newman after interviewing the members of an Everest expedition: “abominable snowman.” Although still used informally, this term has fallen out of favor with serious investigators, as the vast majority of those who lend credence to Yeti tales believe that it is simply some unclassified species of ape, rather than a monster or anything supernatural.


imageimageimage A 2007 investigation by an American TV program obtained a hair sample that testing revealed belonged to “an unknown primate.” And just last year, the team of Japanese adventurer Yoshiteru image to have seen a Yeti in 2003, ventured into the Himalayas, determined to capture the furry fellow on film at last. Maybe they will find nothing, or maybe one day soon your favorite show will be interrupted by a special news bulletin announcing “We bring you… the Yeti!”


B. have sworn that
C. to swear that
D. who had sworn


G. evidence; has
H. evidence and has
J. evidence has


B. evidence is
C. evidence was
D. evidence had

34. If the writer were to delete the preceding sentence, the paragraph would primarily lose information that:

F. explains a common obstacle to Yeti research.
G. reveals why law enforcement officials consider footprints useless.
H. suggests a possible method that Yetis developed for concealing their existence.
J. exposes how most of the Yeti hoaxes have been perpetrated.


B. hoaxes others
C. hoaxes, as others
D. hoaxes. Others


G. ever.
H. in the world.
J. DELETE the underlined portion and end the sentence with a period.


B. monasteries
C. monasterie’s
D. monasteries’


G. that were
H. to be
J. as literally


B. The
C. Supposedly, the
D. Supposedly these

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

Obviously, Jimmy Stewart was just about the last person anyone could imagine smuggling stolen Yeti bones.

Should the writer make this addition?

F. Yes, because it is vital to know how the bones got to London without detection.
G. Yes, because it provides the essay with muchneeded comic relief.
H. No, because it fails to explain why no one would suspect Stewart.
J. No, because it is an unnecessary flourish that disrupts the flow of the paragraph.


B. in 1832 which a
C. in 1832, when a
D. in 1832 when, a


G. sensational, and memorable name, for
H. sensational and a memorable name for
J. sensational—and memorable—name for

43. Given that all of the choices are true, which of the following statements would most effectively introduce the paragraph?

B. Officially, the Yeti is what’s known as a “cryptid,” or animal that is rumored to exist but is still undiscovered.
C. The 2004 discovery of extinct hominid Homo floresiensis brought renewed interest in the Yeti and exciting new finds.
D. Supposedly, Nazi troops on maneuvers in Asia shot a Yeti, but any records of this were lost at the end of World War II.


G. Takahashi claimed
H. Takahashi that claimed
J. Takahashi, who claims

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

For the sake of logic and coherence, Paragraph 4 should be placed:

A. where it is now.
B. after Paragraph 1.
C. after Paragraph 2.
D. after Paragraph 5.