ACT English 1.8 Passage Drill
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ACT English: Passage Drill 1, Problem 8. What would happen if we deleted the underlined sentence?
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If the writer were to delete it, the essay would primarily lose which of the following?
And here are the potential answers:
To answer this question correctly, we have to take a good, hard look at this sentence...
...and figure out exactly what it's trying to tell us.
Choice (A) is easy to eliminate. Nowhere in the passage does the writer speculate on "why
we buy coconuts in the store."
Personally, we like to buy coconuts when we're preparing to make a nice Thai curry. But that's
neither here nor there.
How about (B)? Could it be the right answer?
If so, then our author must be some kind of caped crusader on a quest to save the endangered
coconut from all the Thai curry lovers out there.
This, however, is not the case. The author's only agenda seems to be giving us a scientific
rundown of the...non-endangered...coconut.
Let's take a look at choice (D).
This one's a little trickier to eliminate. The underlined sentence does tell us that
the coconuts we get in the store don't look like the ones growing from coconut palms.
However, the sentence doesn't tell us what the coconut actually looks like in either
state. So...we can take choice (D) out of the running.
The correct answer is (C). The information about the coconuts we buy in the store is
an elaboration on the information about the tree-growing coconuts presented in Paragraph 1.
A rumor from Disney Studios: the next Pixar film will detail the incredible journey of
a brave little coconut from its tree to the store.
A nutty idea perhaps, but at least it will make millions...