ACT Writing - Essay Parts: Help and Review Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Which of the following sentences is NOT written with simple subject-verb construction?

Question 2 2. Which of the following statements is an example of a thesis statement?

Question 3 3. Rebecca is writing a final essay for her English 101 class. The teacher failed to provide students with an effective question to which she could respond with a thesis. What should she do?

Question 4 4.

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 5 5.

Identify the thesis in the paragraph that follows:

There are many who believe that healthcare is a basic human right. I strongly disagree. Life, food, shelter, and the right to pursue happiness (whatever that means) may be human rights, but little else. But when we talk about whether this country should have universal healthcare for its citizens, we are not discussing basic human rights. No, access to universal healthcare is instead the moral obligation of any society that dares to call itself 'civilized.'

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Question 6 6.

Pick out the thesis in the paragraph that follows:

Van Gogh, Edgar Allen Poe, and Oscar Wilde were all great artists who died penniless. They are far from the only ones. In fact, to compile a list of all of the artists now considered classics who never made much money from their work would take ages. Given this, we should perhaps assume that the path to making great art requires you to be penniless. But this is a human flaw of romanticism triumphing over reasoning. Success in art requires the same as success in life - good business sense and luck. It's mere coincidence that many artists rarely have either.

Question 7 7.

Select the best revision of the following thesis:

'Apples are definitely better than other fruit.'

Question 8 8. Which of the following is NOT an example of a reliable source for an academic essay?

Question 9 9.

Select the best revision of the following thesis:

'Setting the legal drinking age at 21 seems unfair because you can serve in the military at 18.'

Question 10 10. 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?

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Question 11 11. Which essays do not necessarily need a thesis, and why?

Question 12 12. Which of the following would NOT make a good thesis?

Question 13 13. It's a good idea to write fully developed paragraphs because

Question 14 14. Why is the attention getter such an important element of the introductory paragraph?

Question 15 15. Should a thesis always be revised?

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Question 16 16. To ensure that a paragraph is clear and easy to understand,

Question 17 17. How does a thesis statement help the reader?

Question 18 18. Which one of the following might indicate that there's a potential problem with a thesis?

Question 19 19. Which of the following should NOT be included in the conclusion paragraph of a 5-paragraph essay?

Question 20 20.

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?

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Question 21 21.

Read the following short paragraphs and identify what may be missing:

'Flowers are very well-liked in most parts of the world. There are many types of flowers.'

'Roses are one of the most recognized types of flowers. Roses come in a variety of colors. Roses are often bred to make even more unique colors.'

'Daisies are well-liked flowers. Daisies grow in various types of soil, so daisies are found in a lot of different regions.'

Question 22 22. Which of the following identifies the proper order for the introductory paragraph?

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

Question 24 24. While some may describe it as antiquated, why is the 5-paragraph essay still so widely used by writers?

Question 25 25.

The following are the last 3 statements of the introduction to an English 101 literary essay. Why should they be reorganized?

The main thesis of this paper concerns the play Romeo and Juliette and will be explained in the following thesis. This will best be explained by the many symbols that are used throughout Shakespeare's play. Shakespeare's works remain significant to this day and age.

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Question 26 26. Why is the 'bridge' used?

Question 27 27. Why is the thesis statement such an important element of any essay?

Question 28 28. Where are topic sentences generally found in writing? Why?

Question 29 29. Which answer choice below BEST demonstrates a descriptive title?

Question 30 30. Why is it a bad idea to use only short subject-verb sentences?

ACT Writing - Essay Parts: Help and Review Chapter Exam Instructions

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