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The ACT English sample question contains questions on the following category:

  • Punctuation
  • Basic Grammar and Usage
  • Sentence Structure


In the passage that follows, certain words and phrases are underlined and numbered. You will find alternatives for the underlined part in the quesiton. In most cases, you have to choose the one that best expresses the idea, makes the statement appropriate for standard written English.If you think the original version is best, choose "NO CHANGE."

Passage 1


Modern broadcasting began to develop afterthe First World War. Before 1920, radio was simply a useful way to send electrical signals ashore from a from one "ham" operator toThe new technology associated with movies and airplanes was already developing rapidly by the time soldiers started returning from European trenches in 1918. The vast potential of the airwaves,The vast potential of the airwaves, had scarcely been touched.


[1] Then a vice president of Westinghouse, looking for a way to make the transmission of radio ignals more profitable, on a two-fold strategy. [2] First, he would entice an audience with daily programming of great variety. [3] Second, he would sell this audience the radio receivers necessary to listen to this entertainment. [4] The

beyond anyone's expectations


The federal Radio Division in Washington, D.C.,was created to license stations, it had no power to regulate them. Broadcasters multiplied wildly, some helping themselves to the more desirable frequencies, others increasing their transmission power at will.


Yet even in the midst of such anarchy, of a medium whose regulation seemed imminent. In 1926, RCA paid the American Telephone and Telegraph Company one million dollars for station WEAF in New York City--and NBC was born.he Radio Law of 1927 was enacted. It authorized licensing and of policing the broadcasters.


The RCA executivescreated the powerful NBC network were right to see that sizable profits would come from this new medium. an hour's advertising on nationwide radio to forty-seven cities cost $10,180. Advertising turned broadcasting into an industry, and the untapped potential of the airwaves

Following are ACT English sample questions related to this passage:

    1. NO CHANGE
    2. ship, at sea, or
    3. ship at sea or;
    4. ship at sea or

    Answer: D

    1. NO CHANGE
    2. however,
    3. also,
    4. in fact,

    Answer: B

    1. NO CHANGE
    2. but had a decision
    3. deciding
    4. yet decided

    Answer: A

    1. NO CHANGE
    2. successful planning was
    3. success plan was
    4. plans succeeding

    Answer: A

  1. Which of the following sequences of sentences will make Paragraph 2 most logical?
    1. NO CHANGE
    2. 1, 4, 3, 2
    3. 2, 1, 3, 4
    4. 4, 1, 2, 3

    Answer: A

    1. NO CHANGE
    2. since
    3. thus
    4. but

    Answer: D

  2. Which of the alternatives provides the most logical and succinct conclusion for Paragraph 3?
    1. NO CHANGE
    2. Chaos reigned.
    3. There were some problems.
    4. The government was always in control.

    Answer: B

    1. NO CHANGE
    2. some saw clearly the commercial possibilities and organizations
    3. some organizations saw clearly the commercial possibilities
    4. organizations saw clearly some possible commercials

    Answer: C

    1. NO CHANGE
    2. A year later,
    3. Factually,
    4. In conclusion,

    Answer: B

    1. NO CHANGE
    2. controlling
    3. the control of
    4. OMIT the underlined portion.

    Answer: C

    1. NO CHANGE
    2. which
    3. having
    4. as

    Answer: A

    1. NO CHANGE
    2. Even in 1930; for example
    3. Even, in 1930 for example,
    4. Even in 1930, for example,

    Answer: D

    1. NO CHANGE
    2. begins realizing it.
    3. began reality.
    4. began it's realizing.

    Answer: A

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