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ACT English: Rhetorical Strategy Chapter Exam

Exam Instructions:

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Question 1 1. You are writing a standardized test essay arguing that not everyone always gets what they deserve. Which of the following would be a good piece of supporting evidence?

Question 2 2.

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 3 3.

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 4 4.

[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?

Question 5 5.

Once they have taken over NASA, we believe that the aliens are planning to infiltrate the CIA. The aliens have been meeting in the middle of the night and current intelligence includes encrypted transmissions (see figure A) indicating such a plan.


In the excerpt above, what constitutes good evidence that the aliens are planning to infiltrate the CIA? why?

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Question 6 6. 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.

Question 7 7. Imagine you're writing an essay about a character in a book. The character's name is Bob. You're arguing that Bob is angry at his friend, Joe. Which of the following quotations from the book could you bring up as evidence?

Question 8 8. Which transition would signal to your readers that an opposing viewpoint is about to be explored?

Question 9 9. You have written an essay in which you claim that 'Southern Georgia was once the home to an underground civilization.' Which of the following provides the BEST evidence in order to convince your reader? Why?

Question 10 10.

Fructose from whole foods does not seem to be harmful. Consumption of whole fruit is associated with lower mortality.


The first sentence is the author's main argument, and the second is a piece of evidence. Pick the sentence that would connect the evidence to the argument.

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Question 11 11. 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 12 12. Assume that you wanted to indicate a shift in time in your writing. Which of the following words or phrases would you want to AVOID using?

Question 13 13. What transition would you incorporate to indicate to readers they are nearing the end of a written piece?

Question 14 14.

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 15 15.

[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?

ACT English: Rhetorical Strategy 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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