ACT English 2.11 Passage Drill
ACT English: Passage Drill 2, Problem 11. Which of the following sentences would make the most effective transition?
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to cap Paragraph 3 with needs a different tone than Paragraph 4's slightly ominous
intro sentence. As soon as we hear that the cat doesn't like water, we know there's a bad moon on the rise.
So if we're going to get the shift in tone we're looking for, the new sentence needs to sound reasonably hopeful.
Choice (A) fails because it sounds too ominous. When we hear the sentence, "Little did I
know what lay ahead," it makes us think a dude's around the corner with a knife.
Or worse... a mother-in-law is dropping by for a surprise visit.
Anyway, (A) doesn't contrast the first sentence in Paragraph 4, so we can cross it out.
Choice (B) is a definite no because it's even more ominous than (A). It straight-up
says that something went "terribly wrong." Most people wouldn't call that positive
unless they're the sorts who like when bad things happen to them.
Choice © doesn't work because the flow of logic is off. The sentence that will directly
precede this new sentence is talking about all the stuff the writer got together in preparation
for his or her kitty-bathing adventure. Thus, it feels a bit disjointed to jump from there
to talking about how the cat needs to be cleaned as soon as possible.
Choice (D) wins the day with the sentence, "We were ready for business." This flows
logically from the preceding sentence and has the necessary positive connotation.
Anybody who can be positive about bathing a cat is either certifiable, or the most positive thinker of all time.