ACT English 3.15 Passage Drill
ACT English: Passage Drill 3, Problem 15. Which choice does the best job of summing up the main point of the article?
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And here are the potential answers...
Our hearts go out to this writer.
The closing line of an essay can be a toughy. Let’s go through the answer choices and
see which one does the best job of summing up the main point of the article.
Ending the article with choice (B) would be kinda random--almost as random as when fish
and frogs fall out of the sky.
Nowhere does the passage discuss anyone’s lack of knowledge about weather.
So it would definitely be weird to end the entire article that way.
(C) is incorrect because the passage talks about how we actually know a lot about waterspouts, not a little.
The phrasing of this sentence also makes it sound like “animal rainfall” is a definite.
However, the article raises the idea that the whole thing might be a myth, despite the
fact that scientists think that waterspouts could feasibly be responsible.
(D) is also wrong, because the suggestion that "we might be able to finally put this
issue to rest" seems out of place, since the writer doesn't seem impatient for a definitive answer.
(A) is the best answer because the passage describes how waterspouts could make animals
"rain," but also is careful to say that it's something that "many," not all, scientists believe.
A question: if it’s possible for fish and frogs to rain from the sky, then is it possible
for it to truly rain cats and dogs?
Let’s hope not.