ACT English 1.5 Style
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ACT English: Style Drill 1, Problem 5. Which choice best matches the style of the passage?
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This sentence is about as elevated as it gets.
Both the topic...history...and the elevated language...uplifted...signal that the underlined
portion needs to be as highfalutin as possible.
Knowing this allows us to eliminate (A) pretty easily.
"Fantastic" is the kind of adjective that an elementary teacher scribbles on a test
beside a smiley face, not the sort of word we use to describe one of the greatest orators
Choice (B) doesn't make the cut either.
Even if we didn't know the meaning of "repartee"—which means to joke or banter with someone—"witty"
doesn't quite seem like it can uplift a nation.
(D) is suitably elevated, but the word "uplifting" is used elsewhere in the sentence.
This redundancy downgrades (D)'s smarty-pants rating and takes it out of the running.
Which leaves us with choice (C), the correct answer. The word "oration" is a fancy
word for fancy speeches given on fancy occasions.