ACT english practice test 56

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.

A Van Full of Nerds

They say boys won’t dance image, but in my case all it took was for this girl I had a major crush on to start a ballroom dance club

near the end of our sophomore year in imageimage Since I’d been hearing for years about how impossible it is to get boys to

image hypothesized that no guys would show up except total nerds who couldn’t find any other way to

interact with girls. image this category included me as well, but I figured that maybe out of all the nerds I’d be the coolest one.

image So did lots of cool kids, and lots of people in between. Pretty much half the school showed up, actually. I wasn’t the only one who had a crush on Emily, so I guess lots of other guys had the same idea. And as for the girls, well, they never need an excuse to dance. Guys and girls switched partners every few

minutes image through the basics of several dances that I’d heard of, but knew nothing about, like the foxtrot, rhumba, and cha-cha. Emily was way up at the front of the banquet

hall somewhere, imageimage For some reason, I bothered attending the next few

meetings, and I noticed an odd image: there were fewer popular kids there each time.

The funny thing about popular image terrified of doing anything that isn’t popular. So when they noticed that there were also nerds at the meetings, they figured “Better safe than sorry” and stopped coming. Since I wasn’t cool enough to have a reputation to worry about,

I stuck things image a few weeks I was practically the most popular guy there (or at least, the least unpopular).

My plan to get closer to Emily would have worked

perfectly if not for two image fact that sophomore year ended and I had to wait out the summer, and the fact that Emily had decided to take her junior year abroad and wasn’t there anymore in the fall. But this

disappointing turn of events image by this time, the club was ready to start attending ball-room dance competitions, and somehow, I was one of the best dancers and felt too guilty to quit!

For the rest of college, I spent one weekend a month driving to some stupid dance competition in a van full of nerds. If you’re about to enter college yourself, heed my advice: never join a club for a girl, or at

least make sure that she image isn’t about to disappear to France for a year.

Anyway, at least now, when image the only guy at the wedding who knows how to dance.


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

F. until pigs fly
G. like the deserts miss the rain
H. for all the tea in China
J. even if you pay them


B. college, which was almost halfway over.
C. college, which we had just gotten used to.
D. college.


G. dance, and
H. dance, so
J. dance. I


B. Allegorically,
C. Apparently,
D. Although

50. Which of the following sentences best introduces the paragraph?

G. Sure enough, lots of nerds showed up to the first meeting.
H. The first meeting was held in a banquet hall on the north end of campus.
J. I had so much going on that week that I nearly spaced on attending the first meeting.


B. when an instructor appeared and guided us
C. as the instructor the club had hired led us
D. and, meanwhile, the instructor put us

52. Given that all the choices are true, which one best expresses the author’s feelings of distance from Emily?

G. in that vintage maroon dress that flared out whenever she spun around.
H. with that friend of hers who always pulled her away whenever I tried to talk to her.
J. probably dancing with that jerk who always wore soccer shorts, even in the winter.


B. portrayal
C. aspect
D. phenomenon


G. kids is
H. kids, who are
J. kids is that they’re

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

A. out, after
B. out; after
C. out: after
D. out. After


G. things, and the
H. things: the
J. things. Like the


B. was suddenly the least of my problems
C. were surpassed by a bigger problem
D. is my only problem

58. The best placement in the sentence for the underlined portion would be:

F. where it is now.
G. after the word sure.
H. after the word disappear.
J. after the word France.


B. our friends got married, I was
C. my friends were married, I was
D. a friend gets married, I’m

60. The author is considering deleting this sentence and ending the essay with the previous one. Should the author make this deletion?

F. Yes, because the sentence is sarcastic, and so far the essay has been utterly free of sarcasm.
G. Yes, because it is unrelated to dance, and the essay is primarily a sociological one about ballroom dancing’s recent resurgence in popularity.
H. No, because it provides humorous insight into the author’s experience of having to hang out with nerds.
J. No, because the sentence is useless without specific examples of these jokes.