ACT English Practice: Rhetorical Strategy


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[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?

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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?


[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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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This interactive quiz and printable worksheet test your understanding of rhetorical strategies as they are assessed on the ACT Reading exam. For these questions, you will need to effectively use specific details and organize paragraphs.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to test your knowledge of:

  • The significance of adding or omitting words or phrases in a passage
  • The best expressions to use for a given purpose
  • The relevance of specific details within a passage

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you retain the most important information about rhetorical strategies from this ACT Reading lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of the rhetorical strategies utilized in a passage to correctly answer ACT Reading questions
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine an ACT Reading passage and make a decision about adding or omitting a phrase

Additional Learning

To learn more about rhetorical strategies in ACT Reading, review the corresponding lesson. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Organize paragraphs in the most effective manner
  • Use specific details in relevant and effective ways
  • Analyze the impact of adding or omitting words or phrases
  • Decide the most effective expressions to use for a given purpose
  • Determine the relevance of certain details or statements within a passage