ACT English Practice Test 1 (Full Question Answers SET) Free

ACT English Practice Test 1 (Full Question Answers SET) Free quiz online. Students can participate in this ACT review question and it will help their better practice preparation. There are five passages and each passage is consist of 15 questions and allowed time is 9 minutes. Therefore, in total, you have 75 Questions, and 45 minutes to complete this test.

ACT English Practice Test 1

Test Name ACT Test Prep
Category Free ACT Practice Test
Knowledge tested Passages, grammar, and sentence structure.
Type of Question Sample Multiple Choice
Test No. ACT English Practice Test 1
Total Question (MCQ) 75
Total time duration 45 minute
Answers Available YES
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Direction: Read each passage through once before you begin to answer any questions. You will see that certain words or phrases in the following five passages have been underlined and numbered. Following each passage, you will see alternatives for those underlined words or phrases. Choose the one that best expresses the idea of the passage, is the best use of standard English, or is most consistent with the tone and style of the passage. If you find the underlined part to be correct, choose “NO CHANGE.” Note that to answer many of the questions you will probably need to read several sentences beyond the question. You may also find questions about a section of the passage or the passage as a whole, rather than about an underlined part.

ACT English Passage I—Sigmund Freud

The father and originator of 1 psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), is largely respon-sible for the way we understand ourselves, as creatures, with2 conflicting “selves” and desires. Freud posited3 the notion that the mind is teeming with “psychic energy” and that our personality is shaped largely by the interactions of the levels of the mind. Among Freud’s most important contributions to modern psychology and the contemporary understanding of the self is his theory of the unconscious.

(1) According to Freud, the mind is much like an iceberg. (2) Most of our minds4 activi-ties, then, occur beneath the surface, in the unconscious and beyond our knowing.

(3) The conscious is the part of the mind of which we are aware; it is the tip of the iceberg that is visible above the water. (4) The uncon-scious, on the other hand,5 is all that is below the surface—the thoughts, feelings, and desires that we are not aware of but that nonetheless affect our behavior.

Freud believed that the unconscious is deterministic. That is, our behaviors are caused (determined) by thoughts and impulses deep in our unconscious—of which thoughts and impulses we are not aware.6 This is related to the phenomenon called “Freudian slip.”7 Unless we psychoanalyze ourselves, we may never be aware of the hidden reasons for our actions. This suggests that the notion of free will might have been8 an illusion and that our choices are governed by hidden mental processes which we have no control over.9

Repression is the act of pushing our con-flicts to the unconscious. So that10 we are no longer aware of them. It is our chief defense mechanism (a way to avoid conflict between our true desires and our senses of right and wrong11).  Freud believed that too much repres-sion can lead to neurosis, a mental disorder resulting in depression or abnormal behavior, sometimes with physical symptoms but with no evidence of disease.

ACT English Practice Test 1 - Passage I (Question No. 1 to 15) Time Limit 9 Minutes

ACT English Practice Test 1

Passage I (Question No. 1 to 15)

Time Limit: 9 Minutes

ACT English: Passage II—Yoga

One of today’s hottest fads is also one of the world’s oldest practices: the ancient art of yoga. At first, I thought yoga was just another fitness fad, like step aerobics classes or Tae Bo. But after my first class, I understood why yoga has lasted for thousands of years and why so many people are completely into16 this practice.

Yoga is different from other fitness activi-ties because it is not only physical. In the cor-rect form,17 yoga is a practice of unification: an emotional, spiritual, and physical exercise.

Although it may seem easy to those who18 have never practiced, yoga poses require great concentration, and they are19 surprisingly affec-tive20 in stretching and strengthening muscles. A simple sitting pose such as staff pose, for example, requires you to tighten and lengthen stomach, back, and arm muscles as you stretch you’re21 legs out in front of you and place your hands by your side. More difficult poses, such as brave warrior, require you to balance on one leg and hold a pose that strengthens leg, back, and stomach muscles, which is good for you.22

While yoga tones and strengthens the body, it also tones and strengthens the mind. Many poses can be only held23 if you are com-pletely focused on the task, and full benefit of the poses comes only through proper breathing. Concentrated deep breathing during yoga helps you extend more fully into the poses, thereby gaining greater benefit from the stretch. And the steady24 circulation of breath through your body both calms and energizes.

I am still relatively new to yoga. I have only been practicing for one year. I am addicted to yoga25 unlike any other physical activity because it is also a spiritual practice. Through yoga, I am able to release tensions that lodge in various parts of my body: the tight shoulders, the cramped legs, the belly that is in knots.26 The physical release is also a spiritual release: I feel calm after doing yoga, reconnected to my body, reconnected to myself, more27 at peace with the world. After a series of asanas (poses), I feel the universal life force within.

ACT English Practice Test 1 - Passage II (Question No. 16 to 30) Time Limit 9 Minutes

ACT English Practice Test 1

Passage II (Question No. 16 to 30)

Time Limit: 9 Minutes

ACT English Passage III—The cold war

(1) The Cold War was one of the most interest-ing and troubling times in American history.

(2) Several dramatically important historical events31 led to the Cold War. (3) First, in 1939, Albert Einstein wrote a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. (4) In that letter, Einstein tells32 Roosevelt that it was possible to create an atomic weapon, and he asked Roosevelt to fund research and experiment33 in atomic weapons. (5) Roosevelt agreed, and the government created the Manhattan Project, a massive effort to develop nuclear weapons.

(6) This was the first important step toward the Cold War. (7) Next came the date that will live in history: August 6, 1945. (8) The United States dropped an atomic bomb on a civilian, not military, target, Hiroshima, Japan.34 (9) An estimate of 35 150,000 civilians were killed in the attack. (10) President Harry Truman and others claimed at the time that dropping the bomb was necessary to force Japan to surrender to36 end World War II. (11) Others argue that we used the bomb largely to show the Soviet Union that we were a superior world power.

(12) Although the United States and the USSR were officially allies, tension37 between the two countries were already high. (13) A deep ideo-logical battle between the two countries—one communist, the other capitalist—was already in place; and38 each country was determined to outdo the other. (14) Two years later, in 1947, President Truman established the Truman Doctrine. (15) This important document renamed39 American foreign policy. (16) It created a “policy of containment,” which framed our foreign policy as a battle between “good” and “evil.” (17) This dramatically increased the growing animosity between the two opposing sides.40 (18) These tensions did not lead to an actual war between the world powers, which might have had disastrous results. (19) Instead, they were the cause of years of political, economic, and diplomatic41 conflict: the Cold War.

ACT English Practice Test 1 - Passage III (Question No. 31 to 45) Time Limit 9 Minutes

ACT English Practice Test 1

Passage III (Question No. 31 to 45)

Time Limit: 9 Minutes

ACT English Passage IV—The Industrial Revolution

(1) In the first century of the Industrial Revolu-tion, the country undergoing the most dra-matic change was England. (2) After 1850, the Industrial Revolution spread rapidly46 through-out Europe. (3) While the pace of change dur-ing the Industrial Revolution was indeed very rapid, the Industrial Revolution itself stretched over a rather long period of time—from the middle of the eighteenth century in the 1700s47 through World War I (1914).

The Industrial Revolution was essentially a rapid change in the method of production of material goods.49 Products once made by hand were now able to be produced by machine or by chemical processes. The Industrial Revolution transformed Western society, creating an inter-national capitalist economy, urbanization, labor reforms, a system to educate the public,50 and labor specialization.

Several key discoveries and inventions enabled the Industrial Revolution to take place, included51 machines and tools like the cotton gin, the radio, the circular saw, the cylindrical press, and steam engine.52 Cement, dynamite, and aluminum were invented, as were the bleaching and paper-making processes. At the same time,53 there was a tremendous growth in population and urbanization. In fact, the popu-lation growth in England was so dramatic that the countries54 population doubled between 1750–1820.55 This meant a great demand for food, clothing, and shelter, demands that became the driving force behind56 the Indus-trial Revolution.

Mass production of goods was largely made possible due to57 the steam engine. The steam engine enabled factories to move from the countryside (where there were bodies of water, their source of power) into cities and towns, which were becoming increasingly crowded.

ACT English Practice Test 1 - Passage IV (Question No. 46 to 60) Time Limit 9 Minutes

ACT English Practice Test 1

Passage IV (Question No. 46 to 60)

Time Limit: 9 Minutes

ACT English Passage V—Science Fiction

One of the most famous novels of all time, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, marked61 not only the high point of a young woman’s literary career. But62 also the beginning of a brand-new genre of literature being science fiction.63 In her remarkable tale, Shelley explores what might happen if a scientific possibility—the ability to restore life to the dead—were to become a real-ity. Science fiction explores how what might be would affect our world if it really was.64

What Shelley began, H.G. Wells perfected in dozens of science fiction works including his most famous works:65 The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds. While Shelley’s Franken-stein created a living creature from the body parts of the dead, Wells’s characters traveled through time; created half-animal, half-human creatures; made themselves invisible; and having been attacked by Martians.66 In all of his novels, Wells; like Shelley,67 used scientific possibilities to analyze and often criticize his own society. The War of the Worlds, for exam-ple, is a thinly disguised attack on the British colonialism of his time.

Science fiction flourished in the United States in the 1920s and 1930s with pulp maga-zines that for the masses churned out science fiction stories.68 Meanwhile, in Europe, science fiction writers were using science fiction to help bring about political change. Yevgeny Zamyatin’s classic novel We, for example, is against69 the Soviet Union’s communist agenda.

Today, science fiction writers around the world continue to explore possibilities—possibilities that are fast becoming realities. Much of what science fiction writers only dreamed of a century ago, such as cloning and space travel, have70 already come to pass. What lies71 ahead? How will we handle these and other upcoming advances? Let us hope that science fiction writers are wrong, for all too often, characters in science fiction stories, like they’re72 forefather Victor Frankenstein, are unable to handle73 the responsibility of having so much power over nature.

ACT English Practice Test 1 - Passage V (Question No. 61 to 75) Time Limit 9 Minutes

ACT English Practice Test 1

Passage V (Question No. 61 to 75)

Time Limit: 9 Minutes