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ACT English Test - 5

DIRECTIONS: In the passage that follows, certain words and phrases are underlined and numbered. In the right-hand column, you will find alternatives for the underlined part. In most cases, you are to choose the one that best expresses the idea, makes the statement appropriate for standard written English, or is worded most consistently with the style and tone of the passage as a whole. If you think the original version is best, choose "NO CHANGE." In some cases, you will find in the right-hand column a question about the underlined part. You are to choose the best answer to the question.

During the summer of 2013, I had watched (1) my house go up in flames. In July, a fire ignited by lightning began in the attic of our home. The fire trucks would come, (2) but they could not put out the enormous flames that engulfed our house which was wood. (3) We lost pictures, furniture clothes and keepsakes. (4) Although losing our things was difficult no (5) one being hurt was what was more important.

A) No change.
B) watched
C) have watched
D) watching

A) No change.
B) would have come
C) coming
D) came

A) No change.
B) our wood house
C) our house
D) our wooden house

A) No change.
B) pictures; furniture; clothes; and keepsakes
C) pictures furniture, clothes and keepsakes
D) pictures, furniture, clothes, and keepsakes

A) No change.
B) difficult, no
C) difficult; no
D) difficult, but no

I had never flied (1) before, but I wanted to take my children to New York City to visit a friend. I booked our flight well in advance, and (2) made sure that I was well prepared. The closer it got for time for us to leave, the more nervouser (3) I got. I started reading about planes and plane crashes. I should not have did (4) that. It only made my anxiety worst. (5) However, when we actually got in the air, it was fun and all my worrying was for nothing.

A) No change.
B) had never flew
C) had never flown
D) never flown

A) No change.
B) in advance and,
C) in advance; and
D) in advance and

A) No change
B) nervouser
C) more nervous
D) nervous

A) No change.
B) should not have done
C) should not had done
D) should not do

A) No change.
B) worse
C) more worse
D) most worst

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