ACT English 2.5 Passage Drill
ACT English: Passage Drill Drill 2, Problem 5. Which of the following is not a logical alternative to Spooked?
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Let's take a look at choice (A) first.
Though "rattled" can be used as a verb, as in, "The spooky ghost rattled her chains"...
it can also be used to describe the shaken-feeling someone has after experiencing a shock. The
writer could definitely substitute this for "spooked," so we'll get rid of choice (A).
Choice (B) suggests the word "startled," which can also be used as a synonym for "spooked."
Thus, we can get choice (B) out of our lives forever.
We can eliminate (C) too. "Upset" isn't a perfect synonym for "spooked" since
it can include other emotions besides fear and surprise. But it's still closer than
the final choice that looms before us.
(D) is the correct answer because "angered" assumes a dimension of emotion that the essay
doesn't support. The writer doesn't tell us that the cat was "angry" at the car
for backfiring; the author is just saying that the cat was freaked out about it.