ACT English Practice Test 2 (75 Questions with Answers) Online Quiz

ACT English Practice Test 2 (75 Questions with Answers) Online Quiz. Students can participate in this ACT review question and it will help their better practice preparation. There are five passages and each passage is consists of 15 questions and the allowed time is 9 minutes. Therefore, in total, you have 75 Questions, and 45 minutes to complete this test.

ACT English Practice Test 2

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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ACT English (75 Questions with Answers) Online Quiz

75 Questions—45 Minutes

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—Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Rudolph was born a premature child in 1940, in Clarksville, Tennessee. Weighing1 only four and a half pounds. Wilma’s mother did her best to care for her daughter, but the Rudolphs were very poor, and the local hospital would not care for Wilma. During her childhood, Wilma contracted measles, mumps, scarlet fever, chicken pox, pneumonia, and, later, polio, a crippling disease that at that time had no cure. At the age of four, doctors told her2 she would never walk again.

But Wilma’s mother refused to give up. She found an African American medical college 50 miles away that would give Wilma the care she needs.3 Although it was difficult to make the trip, Wilma’s mother took Wilma to the col-lege twice a week. After two years of treatment, Wilma could walk with a brace. With her fami-ly’s help, Wilma was able to walk by age 12 nor-mally without the aid of a crutch or brace.4

But simply walking wasn’t enough for Wilma, who wanted to be5 an athlete. She decided to play basketball, and for three years she practiced6 with the team but didn’t play in a single game. Then, in her sophomore year of high school, Wilma became a starting guard. For scoring she broke the state records7 and led her team to the state championship. At the age of 16, she traveled to Melbourne, Australia, to run track events in the 1956 Olympics. She earned a bronze medal as part of a relay team.

(1)  After the high school from which she graduated,8 Wilma was awarded a full scholar-ship to Tennessee State University, and her track career went into high gear. (2) Before she had earned9 her degree in education, she took a year off from her studies to compete all over the world. (3) In 1960, Wilma’s career as a run-ner reached its apex. (4) She set a world record in the 200-meter race at the Olympic trials,10 in Rome, she won the 100-meter race and the 200-meter race, and ran the anchor leg on the win-ning 4 × 100-meter relay team. (5) Wilma was proudest of a different kind of victory, in con-clusion.11 (6) When she returned from her tri-umphs in Rome, she insisted that the homecoming parade held in her honor not be a segregated event. (7) This parade was the first racially integrated event ever held in Clarksville.

(8)  Wilma continued to participate in protests until Clarksville’s segregation laws were finally changed.12

ACT English Practice Test 2 - Passage I (Question No. 1 to 15) Time Limit 9 Minutes

ACT English Practice Test 2

Passage I (Question No. 1 to 15)

Time Limit: 9 Minutes

ACT English Passage II—Bicycles

(1)  Today, bicycles are so common that it’s hard to believe they haven’t always been around. (2) But 200 years ago, bicycles weren’t even exist-ing,16 and the first bicycle, invented in Germany in 1818, was nothing like our bicycles today—it was made of wood and didn’t even have pedals.

(3)   Since then, however, numerous innovations and improvements in design make17 the bicycle one of the most popular means of recreation and transportation around the world.

(4)  In 1839, Kirkpatrick Macmillan a Scottish blacksmith18 dramatically improved upon the original bicycle design. (5) Macmil-lan’s machine had tires with iron rims to keep them from getting worn down. (6) He also used foot-operated cranks similar to pedals so his bicycle could be ridden at a quick pace.19

(7)   It hadn’t looked20 much like a modern bicycle, though, because its back wheel was substan-tially larger than its front wheel. (8) In 1861, the French Michaux brothers took the evolution of the bicycle21 a step further by inventing an improved crank mechanism.

(9)  Ten years later, James Starley, an Eng-lish inventor, revolutionized bicycle design. (10) He, made22 the front wheel many times larger than the back wheel, putting a gear on23 the pedals to make the bicycle more efficient, and lightened the wheels by using wire spokes. (11) While much lighter and less tiring to ride, most people found that24 the bicycle was still clumsy, extremely top-heavy, and ridden mostly for entertainment.

(12)   It wasn’t until 1874 that the first truly modern bicycle appeared on the scene. (13) Today there built,25 used, and enjoyed all over the world. (14) J. Lawson, invented by another Englishman,26 the “safety bicycle” would look familiar to today’s cyclists. (15) This bicycle had equal-sized wheels, which made it less prone to toppling over. (16) Lawson also attached a chain to the pedals to drive the rear wheel. (17) With these improvements, the bicy-cle became extremely popular and useful for easy transport.27


ACT English Practice Test 2 - Passage II (Question No. 16 to 30) Time Limit 9 Minutes

ACT English Practice Test 2

Passage II (Question No. 16 to 30)

Time Limit: 9 Minutes

ACT English Passage III—The Gateway Arch

The skyline of St. Louis, Missouri, is fairly unremarkable, with one huge exception, the31 Gateway Arch that stands on the banks of the Mississippi. Part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the arch is a really cool monument32 built to honor St. Louis’s role as the gateway to the West.

Construction on the 630-foot-high struc-ture, began in 1961,33 and was completed four years later in 1965. The monument includes an underground visitor center that explores west-ward expansion through galleries and a theater. Two passenger tram takes visitors34 to the observation room and the Museum of West-ward Expansion at the top.

(1) In 1947, a group of interested citizens known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Association held a nationwide com-petition to select a design for a new monument that would celebrate35 the growth of the United States. (2) Other U.S. monuments are spires, statues, or imposed buildings,36 but the winner of this contest was a plan for a completely unique structure. (3) The man that37 submitted the winning design, Eero Saarinen, later went on to become38 a famous architect. (4) In designing the arch, Saarinen wanted to “create a monument which would have lasting signifi-cance and would be a landmark of our time.”

(5) Saarinen helped create the international image of the United States with many of its39 (6) He also designed the General Motors Technical Center in Detroit, Michigan, and the TWA Terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.

The Gateway Arch is a masterpiece of engineering, a monument even taller than the Great Pyramids in Egypt, and on its own way,40 at least as majestic. The arch is an inverted cate-nary curve, the same shape that a heavy chain will form if suspended between two points.

Covered from top to bottom with a sleek stain-less steel coating,41 sunlight often reflects off of the arch in dazzling bursts.42 In a beautiful dis-play of symmetry, the height of the arch is the same as the distance between the legs at ground level.

ACT English Practice Test 2 - Passage III (Question No. 31 to 45) Time Limit 9 Minutes

ACT English Practice Test 2

Passage III (Question No. 31 to 45)

Time Limit: 9 Minutes

ACT English Passage iV—Annie smith peck

Since a hundred years,46 the highest mountains in South America have lured climbers from all over the world. But until 1908, Peru’s Mount Huascaran was resisting47 the efforts of all those who attempted to reach its summit. One mountaineer, Annie Smith Peck, vowed to over-come the obstacles and be the first to the top of Mt. Huascaran. In order to succeed, she would have to organize expeditions—deal with reluc-tant companions—survive bad weather, and48 climb steep cliffs of ice and rock.

Peck was born in the United States in Although she didn’t start mountain climbing until she was in her thirties, it49 soon became clear that she had found her life’s work. A natural mountaineer, Peck was soon setting records on expeditions on North Amer-ica and Europe.50 She traveled to Bolivia in 1903 and found Mount Huascaran, which had yet to be surmounted, a challenge she simply could not resist.51

(1) Peck mounted four expeditions and made five attempts before she finally conquered Mount Huascaran. (2) During free periods amongst52 those expeditions, Peck returned to the United States to raise money. (3) She received help from many scientific organiza-tions, including the Museum of Natural His-tory. (4) The museum had also supported Admiral Peary on his trip to the North Pole. (5) Still, Peck struggled at least as much to raise money as she did climbing53 her beloved mountains.

In 1908, Peck scraped together the funds for yet another expedition to Mount Huas-caran. This time, she hired two Swiss guides to assist54 her with the climb. On their first trip up the mountain’s slopes, one of the guides became ill, and the entire team was forced to turn back even though they were very close to the top.55 Being so close to success was very frustrating for Peck, who could not even prove how close they had come because she had acci-dentally brought the wrong kind of film and was unable to photograph the climb.

The team rested for a few days, the guide recovered, and on August 28, they set off again. The climb was extremely difficult. Steps had to be cut56 one by one into the steep ice; snow bridges and crevasses had to be carefully crossed. The weather was so cold that everyone suffered from frostbite. When Peck and her two guides were just a short distance from the top, they stopped to determine the exact height of the mountain. At that moment, one of the guides took advantage of Peck’s distraction and climbed the few remaining feet to the summit so that he was the first to reach the peak. What a jerk!57 Although Peck was understandably angry, she58 focused on the triumph of achiev-ing her goal: standing at last on the top of Mount Huascaran.

ACT English Practice Test 2 - Passage IV (Question No. 46 to 60) Time Limit 9 Minutes

ACT English Practice Test 2

Passage IV (Question No. 46 to 60)

Time Limit: 9 Minutes

ACT English: Passage V—Batman

Pow. Bam. Zap!61 Batman triumphs again, foil-ing evildoers like the Joker, Penguin, and Cat-woman to save the citizens of Gotham City.

This superhero created in 1939 and known worldwide, continues62 to be one of the most popular comic strip characters ever created.

Batman was the brainchild of comic book artist Bob Kane. Who was63 just 22 years old when he was asked to create a new superhero for DC Comics. Superman was a phenomenal success, and DC Comics wanted another comic book character to appeal to its readers fascina-tions with superheros.64 Kane’s idea for Batman reportedly came from Leonardo da Vinci’s famous sketch of a man flying with batlike wings65 and the masked heroes of the Shadow and Zorro series.

(1) The masked hero soon moved from comic books to its own newspaper strip, and in 1943, Batman episodes were aired on the radio.

(2) Kane’s Batman was a big success66 right from the start. (3) The series was wildly popu-lar and the syndicated show67 still airs today on channels such as the Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. (4) In 1966, live-action Batman shows hit the TV screen, giving the ABC net-work the ratings boost it badly needed.

Why was Batman so popular? The answer may lay68 in the background Kane gave his character. Batman is really Bruce Wayne, a mil-lionaire who witnessed the murder of his par-ents as a child. He vows to avenge their deaths and the bringing of criminals69 to justice. He does not have any supernatural powers. Instead, he devotes70 his life to training his body and mind to fight crime and uses his wealth to develop high-tech tools and weapons, like his famous Batmobile, to aid him in his quest. Thus71 Kane created a superhero who is just as human as the rest of us, one who72 suffered and has dedicated himself to righting wrongs. In Batman, Kane gave us an image of our own superhero potential.

ACT English Practice Test 2 - Passage V (Question No. 61 to 75) Time Limit 9 Minutes

ACT English Practice Test 2

Passage V (Question No. 61 to 75)

Time Limit: 9 Minutes