ACT English: Production of Writing Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. How can the use of a quotation in the conclusion be helpful?

Question 2 2. What is the significance of using emotion in the conclusion?

Question 3 3. How is the thesis statement used in the conclusion?

Question 4 4.
[1] I got my first taste of travel abroad the summer after my sophomore year of high school. [2] My dad announced that we were going to Singapore for vacation!

The author would like to connect Sentence 1 to Sentence 2. Which of the following revisions to the portion 'high school. My dad announced' would be most effective?

Question 5 5.
[1] To prepare for the trip, I badgered all my friends with questions about international travel. [2] At the end of June, when the new passport finally came, I was so excited that I slept with it under my pillow for good luck. [3] In May, when I had to get my picture taken for my passport, we all went together and went out for ice cream afterward to celebrate.

What would be the best way to deal with sentence 2?

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Question 6 6.
[1] I was so excited I could barely pack. [2] That all changed the summer after my sophomore year of high school. [3] My dad announced that we were going to Singapore for vacation! [4] Today I've been all over the world, but until I was 15 I had never left the United States.

What is the most logical order for these sentences?

Question 7 7. Suppose that you wanted to expand on an idea in your writing to further clarify the meaning for your readers. Which of following transition words or phrases would you NOT want to use?

Question 8 8. What transition would you incorporate to indicate to readers they are nearing the end of a written piece?

Question 9 9. Which transition would signal to your readers that an opposing viewpoint is about to be explored?

Question 10 10. A well-developed body paragraph is one that _____.

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Question 11 11. Which of the following is the best approach to take while creating a story?

Question 12 12. A coherent body paragraph is one that _____.

Question 13 13. Which of the following should NOT be included in the conclusion paragraph of a 5-paragraph essay?

Question 14 14. Which of the following is NOT an example of a reliable source for an academic essay?

Question 15 15. Which of the following should NOT be included in a formal essay?

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Question 16 16. Which of the following identifies the proper order for the introductory paragraph?

Question 17 17.

Robert is writing an essay and in the last sentence of his introductory paragraph, he presented this as his thesis:

'My paper is about dating and social media.'

Why is this thesis NOT appropriate?

Question 18 18. Why is the 'bridge' used?

Question 19 19. Which of the following is true?

Question 20 20. Where are topic sentences generally found in writing? Why?

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Question 21 21. Which of the following statements is an example of a thesis statement?

Question 22 22. After a long day, a teacher is grading a large number of essays which were written by his students. He is reviewing how his students structured their essays. Tom structured his essay so each paragraph had 3 sentences. Jane used 4 to 5 sentences, Katie used 6 to 7 sentences, while Phil used 9 to 10 sentences for each paragraph. Based on this fact alone, which of the following likely received the highest grade?

Question 23 23. When writing a paragraph, why is it important to use topic sentences?

Question 24 24. Which of the following sentences is NOT written with simple subject-verb construction?

Question 25 25.

[1] When my parents told me we were moving, I was furious. [2] It wasn't just having to leave behind all my friends; it was not barely even having the time to say goodbye. [3] We were leaving in 2 days - not even long enough to plan a farewell party.

The author wants to add a detail after sentence 1 to emphasize that she was angry at her parents specifically, not just mad at the world in general. Which of the following would be most effective?

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Question 26 26.

My mother wasn't able to be around much when I was growing up. She worked full-time and took babysitting and tutoring jobs on top of that, just to keep food on the table. Sometimes I would barely see her all day. But every night, no matter how tired she was, she would come in to kiss me goodnight when she got home.

If the author were to delete the last sentence, this passage would primarily lose a detail that…

Question 27 27.

Next to my Samantha's lovingly hand-crafted masterpieces, my own lunch looked embarrassingly plain.

The author wants to make this section more vivid by adding a more detailed description of his lunch. Which of the following, if substituted for the underlined portion of the sentence, would do this most effectively?

Question 28 28. A call to action in the conclusion is most appropriate in a _____ essay.

Question 29 29. How should you answer paragraph organization questions?

Question 30 30. Which transition should be used for the following sentence: The man's attire and demeanor seemed intimidating at first. _____, as we began to speak I realized he was actually very kind.

ACT English: Production of Writing Chapter Exam Instructions

Choose your answers to the questions and click 'Next' to see the next set of questions. You can skip questions if you would like and come back to them later with the yellow "Go To First Skipped Question" button. When you have completed the practice exam, a green submit button will appear. Click it to see your results. Good luck!

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