ACT English 5.11 Passage Drill
ACT English: Passage Drill 5, Problem 11. If the writer made the change described, what would the essay primarily lose?
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do not see well
If the writer made this change, the essay would primarily lose what?
And here are the potential answers...
This question requires us to not only take a close look at the underlined portion, but
to also have a good idea of the information contained in the passage as a whole.
Thinking caps will be required. Luckily ours just got back from the dry cleaners.
Answer (A) claims that the writer would lose info about the many strands of thread that
go into the weaving of spiders' complex webs.
This is wrong on two levels...
1) the underlined portion says nothing about the makeup of spider webs
2) this info is thoroughly covered earlier in the passage
(B) tells us that this substitution will eliminate confusion by cutting out a new term that's not explained.
Unless one considers "poor eyesight" a confusing concept, this is also incorrect.
The underlined segment doesn't throw anything too mind blowing at us, so we can nix choice (B).
Choice (D) says the article will no longer contain a comparison between spiders and other insects.
However, the underlined portion says absolutely nothing about other insects; its focus is
solely on spiders.
(Which can be unhealthy if taken too far...)
In any case, (D) is off the list. The correct answer is (C).
The main difference between the current phrase, "often have poor eyesight and weave using
only their sense of touch," and the new one, "do not see well," is that the first phrase
spells out the reason why the poor eyesight is relevant—spiders can't even see the complicated
webs they create.
The rumor is that a spider bit a witch many, many years ago, and ever since, spiders have
been cursed with the inability to see their own webs.