ACT English: Production of Writing Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Why is it a bad idea to use only short subject-verb sentences?

Question 2 2. When writing a paragraph, why is it important to use topic sentences?

Question 3 3. How is using emotional appeal in an essay similar to providing relevant supporting details?

Question 4 4. How should you answer paragraph organization questions?

Question 5 5. A paragraph organization question will NOT test you on…

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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. What is an anecdote?

Question 8 8. A call to action in the conclusion is most appropriate in a _____ essay.

Question 9 9. What is the significance of using emotion in the conclusion?

Question 10 10. How does a topic statement differ from a thesis statement?

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Question 11 11. Why is the thesis statement such an important element of any essay?

Question 12 12. Which of the following should NOT be included in a formal essay?

Question 13 13. Why is the 'bridge' used?

Question 14 14.

The following quote from a teenage girl, about her experience with cyberbullying, was reported by professors Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin.

'It makes me hurt both physically and mentally. It scares me and takes away all my confidence. It makes me feel sick and worthless' (Hinduja, 2010)

Why is the quote an effective attention getter?

Question 15 15. Which of the following identifies the proper order for the introductory paragraph?

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Question 16 16. 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 17 17. Which transition would signal to your readers that an opposing viewpoint is about to be explored?

Question 18 18. What transition would you incorporate to indicate to readers they are nearing the end of a written piece?

Question 19 19.

I was used to enjoying gym class, but at my new school, I quickly realized that it was less like a class, and more like a boot camp. I had gym for second period, and instead of playing casual games of floor hockey we were sent on a three-mile run before coming back to test how many pull-ups we could do in a minute.

Which of the following would be the best replacement for the underlined portion of the sentence?

Question 20 20.

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?

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Question 21 21.

[1] Lazy summer afternoons at the lake are my favorite time of the year. [2] I swim, canoe, walk through the woods, or just lie in the sun feeling glad to be alive. [3] If I get hungry, there's always something delicious in the fridge that I can bring down to the beach for a picnic lunch.

The author is considering adding another sentence after Sentence 1: 'The lake is about 30 miles outside Toronto.' Would this be an effective rhetorical choice?

Question 22 22. Where are topic sentences generally found in writing? Why?

Question 23 23. Which of the following statements best defines the main idea of an essay?

Question 24 24. Which of the following is true?

Question 25 25. How are transitional sentences important in achieving coherence in body paragraphs?

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Question 26 26. A coherent body paragraph is one that _____.

Question 27 27. A unified body paragraph is one that _____.

Question 28 28. Which of the following sentences is NOT written with simple subject-verb construction?

Question 29 29.
[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?

Question 30 30. How can the use of a quotation in the conclusion be helpful?

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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