ACT english practice test 54

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.

Splat, You’re Out

I’m not sure whose idea it was, but around the end

of ninth grade, a bunch of guys from my image playing paintball.

If image that game where two teams run around shooting at each other with gas-powered

guns that fire little pellets of brightly colored paint: image

[1] The first thing I learned about paintball is that

it’s quite an investment. A decent gun at the time image about seventy-five dollars, but that wasn’t the end of it. [2] Pads aren’t necessary, because getting shot in the arm or leg doesn’t hurt much, but you’d be a fool to play without a facemask, throatguard, and another piece of athletic equipment specific to male players.

[3] imageimageimageimage [4] And of course, paintball means regular bike rides to the sporting-goods store to buy more ammunition and get your gas canister refilled.

[5] A bunch of protective gear is required too. image

imageimageimage It was the only location where we could be sure not to hit any homes, cars, or innocent

image surely would have brought our paintball days to an abrupt end. We cleared brush to make paths, and dug pits and erected walls to make two opposing forts. This was more yardwork than we would have done even if our parents had paid us, but no hardship

was going to stand between image of sneaking up on a friend and shooting him in the butt with exploding pellets of neon goo.

Now and then, the memories of my heroism that

summer still image a smile to my face. There was the time I discovered a secret trail up a hillside full of pricker-bushes

and picked off three guys without image any idea where I was. Then there was the time I snuck a giant sheet of clear plexiglass into Bobby’s woods, put it up between two trees, and tauntingly danced safely behind it while opponents wasted their ammo.


[1] I guess, one by one, everyone got a girlfriend and stopped coming out to the games. [2] After a year or two, he probably did the same. [3] I ended up selling my gun and all my gear to a kid a couple of grades

younger. [4] I image why we stopped playing. [5] And I’d like to believe that, even now, that same equipment is still being used by some ninth

grader image discovering the joy of squeezing the trigger on a paintball gun and hearing his shot followed by a loud pop and a swear word from his friend echoing

through the woods. image

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 3 should most logically be placed.


G. class, myself included started
H. class—myself included—started
J. class. Myself included, started


B. you’re not familiar, it’s
C. your not familiar, it’s
D. you’re not familiar, its

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

F. getting hit with a pellet means you’re out.
G. when a player is hit, they’re out.
H. a direct hit means that a player is out.
J. you’re out once you get hit, but only until the next game.


B. having cost
C. costing
D. cost


G. The odds are, to shell out for a suit of camouflage, you’ll be sufficiently sick after your first day of getting spotted, a mile away too, and immediately peppered.
H. To shell out for a suit of camouflage after your first day, the odds are you’ll be sufficiently sick of getting spotted a mile away and immediately peppered too.
J. After your first day, the odds are you’ll be sufficiently sick of getting spotted a mile away and immediately peppered to shell out for a suit of camouflage too.

21. For the sake of logic and coherence, Sentence 5 should be placed:

A. where it is now.
B. before Sentence 4.
C. after Sentence 1.
D. after Sentence 2.

22. Which of the following choices best introduces the paragraph?

G. There weren’t any official paintball ranges near us (at least, not that we knew of).
H. There were a few different guys in our crew whose houses had back woods big enough to play in.
J. What we needed now was a safe place to play.


B. bystanders
C. bystanders, whom
D. bystanders; any such occurrence


G. our thrill
H. us and the thrill
J. ourselves, and the thrill


B. brings
C. brought
D. have brought


G. having
H. him having
J. DELETE the underlined portion.

27. The author is considering deleting the underlined sentence. Should the author make this deletion?

A. Yes, because such specific information about the rules of paintball is unnecessary in this brief essay.
B. Yes, because it contradicts information presented elsewhere in the essay.
C. No, because it is a humorous way of establishing that the author and his friends did not take the game too seriously.
D. No, because it is important for the reader to know that the author is someone who once cheated at paintball.


G. don’t exactly remember
H. hadn’t exactly remembered
J. wouldn’t remember exactly


B. just
C. and
D. whose

30. The most logical order for the sentences in the final paragraph would be:

G. 4, 3, 5, 1, 2.
H. 4, 1, 3, 2, 5.
J. 3, 5, 4, 2, 1.