ACT english practice test 52

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.

Most Historically Inaccurate Movie Ever?

Mel Gibson’s Braveheart won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1995, took in over $200 million at

the box office, and is still acclaimed by action image some of the best battle scenes ever put on film. But how “historical” is this historical epic? Fans are

often disappointed to learn image major characters really existed, the film is nearly entirely fiction.

Yes, there was a historical William image the First War of Scottish Independence in the late thirteenth century. But rather than the rustic commoner depicted in Gibson’s film, he

was image It’s documented that Wallace entered the war with his murder of

an English sheriff in 1297, but the image this event

is unknown. The movie follows a famous poem image in attributing Wallace’s anger to the murder of his wife, but there’s no evidence that this wife even existed,

much less image by the English. Older accounts claim that Wallace had already been an outlaw for years after killing five English soldiers who tried to

steal his catch after a fishing image allege that the trouble started when a teenage Wallace killed an English noble’s son who bullied him at boarding school.

Clearly, the writers chose the tales about Wallace best suited to the hero of a blockbuster film: a formerly peaceful farmer avenging the death of his one true love

image more sympathetic underdog than a private-school kid who psychotically overreacts to a bit of teasing. The same impulse led the writers to take further liberties

with their depiction not only of image presented as far too primitive in relation to the English. The facepaint Wallace wears into battle

was actually characteristic of the image tribe that lived in Scotland over a thousand years earlier and battled the Romans. By Wallace’s time, the Scots

image in chain-mail and armor, and would have been visually indistinguishable from the English. The

stereotypical plaids on image however, are anachronistic in a different way: kilts were not worn in battle until 400 years later.

The script plays fast and loose with people too: King Edward outlived Wallace by years, Princess Isabella was a young girl at the time and still in France, and Andrew de Moray, who was an equally important Scottish commander who fought beside Wallace, is omitted entirely. But Braveheart’s most troubling inaccuracy

by far image depiction of Robert the Bruce as a coward who betrays Wallace to the English. Not only

did the historical Bruce never image Wallace, but he barely knew him, and was far more instrumental in the eventual Scottish victory. In fact, the nickname “Braveheart” itself was historically not used for William Wallace at all, but rather for Robert the Bruce!


B. fans as containing
C. fans that it contains
D. fans, in which contains


G. that aside from the fact, that the
H. that, aside from the fact that the
J. that aside from the fact that, the


B. Wallace, who led Scottish troops, during
C. Wallace who led Scottish troops, during
D. Wallace, and who led Scottish troops during


G. a nobleman; a knight and landowner.
H. a nobleman—a knight, and landowner.
J. a nobleman: a knight and landowner.

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

A. point of
B. lead-up to
C. impetus for
D. story behind

66. At this point, the writer is considering adding the following true parenthetical information:

(composed 200 years later)

Should the writer make this addition?

F. Yes, because it suggests that the account is probably inaccurate.
G. Yes, because it suggests that the poem is probably written in modern English.
H. No, because it neglects to mention the identity of the poet.
J. No, because the date that a work of literature was composed never matters.


B. was executed
C. being executed
D. to be executed

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

F. trip; others
G. trip, and still others
H. trip; while others
J. trip, while still others

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

A. has a
B. works as a
C. makes for a
D. would be seen as a


G. Wallace and the Scots generally are
H. Wallace; the Scots generally, who are
J. Wallace, but of the Scots generally, who are


B. Picts, having been a
C. Picts, and also a
D. Picts, a

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

F. fought
G. had fought
H. would have fought
J. did their fighting


B. Bravehearts Scots,
C. Braveheart’s Scots,
D. Bravehearts Scots’,


G. it is the
H. is its
J. is it’s


B. betrayed
C. did betray
D. would have betrayed