ACT Reading Tip of the Day

Published on Thursday, December 17th, 2015 by

Natural Science

Download and print the following passage. Your students will refer to it to answer the question. 

From the passage “Our Disappearing Bees” by Robert Queenston

The passage states that the pollinator conservationists at the Lockeford Plant Materials Center have successfully supported bee colonies by planting:

A. corn and soybeans.
B. hedges and fields of wildflowers.
C. grapes that can be used to make wine.
D. fruits and nuts.

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The correct answer is B. Choice A is incorrect as the passage notes that corn and soybeans are often planted at the expense of the pollen-rich plants that support bees. Choice C is incorrect because the passage does not say that grapes support the bees, nor are they grown at the center. Choice D is incorrect because the passage does not mention fruits and nuts as plants grown at the center. Choice B is correct because the passage directly states in the sixth paragraph that the conservationists’ success in seeking drought-resistant plants that bees love[is] evident in more than 2,200 feet of hedges and fields of wildflowers.Choices F and J can both be eliminated because in this sentence, the word for indicates that the reason she forgot her homework was because her mother had to drive her back to school, which does not make sense. Likewise, choice H can be eliminated since there is no contrast that requires the conjunction but. Choice G is the best option to describe a cause (she forgot her homework) and an effect (her mother drove her back to school).