ACT English 5.9 Passage Drill
ACT English : Passage Drill 5, Problem 9. For the sake of logic and coherence in this paragraph, where should sentence 5 be placed?
|ACT English||Passage Drill|
|Product Type||ACT English|
|Rhetorical Skills||Organization: Sentences and Paragraphs|
Like a spider’s web, good writing follows logical patterns.
If it’s great writing, it ensnares us like a spider’s web too.
Though hopefully the writer’s end goal isn’t to wrap readers in silk and drink their blood.
As is, the paragraph has some issues with its flow of logic.
Without our help, this writer isn’t going to be ensnaring readers any time soon.
We can eliminate choice (A) because Sentence 5 is currently misplaced.
The paragraph as a whole takes us through the methodical web-building process of orb-weaving
spiders from start to finish.
Sentence 5, however, starts out like this...
“An orb-weaver begins its web...”
The word “begins” is key here. Since Sentence 5 is telling us how orb-weavers begin their
process, there’s a very good chance that it ought to be closer to the beginning.
Currently, this paragraph is a very messy web.
Option (D) doesn’t help matters.
Sentence 3 details a step in the middle of the web-weaving process.
So placing a sentence that describes the early process directly after 3 muddles the chain of events.
We don’t have a lot of personal experience with web weaving, but we figure any time one
puts the first step after the third trouble is bound to ensue.
Choice (B) is promising because it does place Sentence 5 close to the beginning--
all the way at the top of the paragraph in fact.
This doesn’t work either, though, because the paragraph begins with this sentence...
“We will focus on orb-weavers because their webs are the most recognizable.”
This sentence gives us a great introduction for the paragraph....
And sets us up to hear about the orb-weaving process.
We can’t begin the description of the process until we know we’re about to hear it.
Choice (C) is the correct answer.
Sentence 5 is now placed snuggly after the intro and flows gracefully into Sentence 2.
With this adjustment, the paragraph is now ready to ensnare eager readers.
We’d proceed with caution if we were you.