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PRACTICE TEST 2 for the ACT WRITING EXAMINATION

 

Directions: In the passage that follows, certain words and phrases are underlined and numbered. In the right-hand column, you will find alternatives for each underlined part. 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."

You will also find questions about a section of the passage or about the passage as a whole. For each question in the test, choose the alternatives you consider best and type the letter of your answer choice into the blank. You may then check your answer to see if it is correct by clicking the appropriate button. If you are incorrect the first time, let the advice the computer generates guide you towards making the correct choice and understanding why it works.

Read each passage through once before you begin to answer the questions that accompany it. You cannot determine some answers without reading sentences beyond the phrase in question. Be sure that you have read far enough ahead each time you choose an alternative.

[1]

It's more than just playing a soothing record. With 5000 practitioners nationally, the music therapy profession combines music, pathology and
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psychology and has proved successful in treating afflictions as serious as like Alzheimers's and Parkinson's diseases.
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[2]

"New research on neurological science points out that sounds and sound patterning stimulate specific areas of the brain," said Dr. Concetta Tomaino, director of the Institution
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for Music and Neurological Function at Beth Abraham Health Services. Prescriptions can be specifically tailored. Abnormally withdrawn people have been shown to respond to specific notes on the musical scale for example,
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compulsive physical behavior, such as foot tapping, has been corrected by music with lots of spaces between beats.

[3]

As awareness of therapy has increased so have
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the numbers of people seeking it as a treatment option-and as a career. "We have more people than are entering the profession," said Jacqueline Birnbaum, administrative coordinator at New York University's Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy." But music therapy still
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relatively unknown. Referrals are made discreetly by hospitals and doctors or by word of mouth. "We have a lot of people in the community which would like access to it-
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I get about three calls a week," Tomaino said. "But because they can't get insurance
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they just can't pay for it.

[4]

Facilities such as Nordoff-Robbins have had some success in boosting the profession by enlisting the support of big names in the music industry.

"The record industry is hurting," Birnbaum said. "Things are tight for everybody. We competed with other charitable
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organizations that also work with people with disabilities."

[5]

While demand for music therapy is climbing-it remains out of
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reach for many, since Medicaid does not pay for music therapy treatment (though Medicare does).

1.

  1. NO CHANGE
  2. combines Music, Pathology
  3. combines music, pathology,
  4. combines music, Pathology

2.

  1. NO CHANGE
  2. as serious as Alzheimer's
  3. as serious as like alzherimer's and
  4. as serious as alzheimers's and

3.

  1. NO CHANGE
  2. Dr. Concetta Tomaino, Director
  3. Dr. Concetta Tomaino, director
  4. Dr. Concetta Timaino, director

4.

  1. NO CHANGE
  2. musical scale, for example,
  3. musical scale. For example,
  4. Musical scale, for example

5.

  1. NO CHANGE
  2. increased, so have
  3. increased, so has
  4. increased, and so has

6.

  1. NO CHANGE
  2. But Music Therapy still relatively unknown.
  3. But Music Therapy is still unknown.
  4. But music therapy is still relatively unknown

7.

  1. NO CHANGE
  2. community, which would
  3. community, who would
  4. community who would

8.

  1. NO CHANGE
  2. they can't get insurance, they
  3. they can't got insurance, they
  4. they can't got insurance

9.

  1. NO CHANGE
  2. We our competing with
  3. We our compete with
  4. We're competing with

10.

  1. NO CHANGE
  2. for music therapy are climbing, it remains
  3. for music therapy are climbing, they remain
  4. for music therapy is climbing, it remains

The following questions pertain to the passage as a whole.

11. Choose the sequence of paragraph numbers that will make the essay's structure most logical.

  1. NO CHANGE
  2. 1,3,4,5,2
  3. C. 2,3,5,4,1
  4. D. 1,2,3,5,4

12. Is the use of the direct quotation from Dr. Tomaino in the essay appropriate?

  1. No, because sufficient evidence is presented.
  2. No, because it causes a digression.
  3. Yes, because the source negates the author's thesis.
  4. Yes, because the source is an authority in the field.

2003 Queensborough Community College

Support for the development/production of this material was provided by a grant under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational
and Technical Education Act Amendments of 1998 administered by the New York State Education Department.