ACT English 4.15 Passage Drill
ACT English: Passage Drill 4, Problem 15. For the sake of logic and coherence in this essay, what is the best order for the paragraphs to be in?
|ACT English||Passage Drill|
|Product Type||ACT English|
|Rhetorical Skills||Organization: Sentences and Paragraphs|
Let’s review what each of these paragraphs is about.
Paragraph 1 tells us about the early days of fortune cookies.
It also informs us of the debate going on about whether
the original inventor was David (Tsung) Jung or Makoto Hagiwara.
Paragraph 2 jumps to modern day, telling us about the crazy machines
that can spew thousands of fortune cookies an hour.
Paragraph 3 then takes us back in the day, and fills us in on how old school fortune
cookie makers used to make the magic happen.
To review, the essay currently goes from olden days to modern days and back to olden days again.
There’s no way we can leave the essay as is, so we’ll eliminate choice (A),
which says the paragraphs are cool like they are.
Options (B) and (D) don’t do any better with the order of events.
If (B) had its way, the essay would go from past to present then back to past,
while (D) would take us backwards in time.
Choice (C) is our best bet here.
By placing Paragraph 3 before Paragraph 2, the essay is allowed to conclude in the present.