In the passages that follow, some words and phrases are underlined and numbered. In the answer column, you will find alternatives for the words and phrases that are underlined. Choose the alternative that you think is best, and fill in the corresponding bubble on your answer sheet. If you think that the original version is best, choose “NO CHANGE,” which will always be either answer choice A or F. You will also find questions about a particular section of the passage, or about the entire passage. These questions will be identified either by an underlined portion or by a number in a box. Look for the answer that clearly expresses the idea, is consistent with the style and tone of the passage, and makes the correct use of standard written English. Read the passage through once before answering the questions. For some questions, you should read beyond the indicated portion before you answer.
Need for Speed
As an avid skier and inline skater, I thought I had already achieved some incredible downhill speeds. On a recent trip to Quebec City, nevertheless , my concept of how fast humans can move was radically altered. It was Carnaval season, the time when people from across the province and the world flocking  to the old walled city for two weeks of food, drink, revelry, and winter sports. Normally, I go to Carnaval looking for the rare thrill, all the better if it requires a helmet and my signature on a release of liability. This time for me, it was full-contact downhill ice-skating. , 
The course looked a lot like a bobsled run. From the top of the mountain a sturdy metal chute descended that
wound left and right on its way down. About eight inches of icepack covered the metal surface, which was wetted twice daily to maintain an ideal slickness. If by the time you reach the end of the chute you still haven’t regained your footing, there’s a line of meter-thick foam padding  to absorb your crash.
A. NO CHANGE
F. NO CHANGE
H. flocked by
J. are flocking
A. NO CHANGE
B. It was full-contact for me this time, I was ice-skating downhill.
C. Ice-skating downhill this time for me, it was full-contact.
D. This time, I was full-contact ice-skating downhill.
At this point, the author wants to add a sentence to the paragraph that further illustrates his adventurous nature. Which of the options does this best?
F. I certainly didn’t know what I had signed up for!
G. Downhill ice-skating sounded much more exciting than normal ice-skating!
H. I could easily have been injured, but the thrill I got was worth the risk!
J. I normally wouldn’t sign up for such a thing, but anything goes at Carnaval!
A. NO CHANGE
B. footing; there’s a line of meter-thick foam padding
C. footing there’s a line of meter-thick foam padding,
D. footing; there’s a line of meter-thick foam padding,
1. The best answer is D. This sentence states something that seems at odds with the preceding sentence. Only “though,” answer choice D, reflects this relationship.
2. The best answer is G. “Carnaval season” indicates that the event comes around at least once a year. The verb “flock” should be in simple present tense to reflect how the clause is a general statement.
3. The best answer is A. The sentence is clearest as written. Answer choices B and C are comma-spliced run-on sentences. The subject-predicate pair in answer choice D does not make sense.
4. The best answer is H. Reminding the reader of the dangers the author likes to face emphasizes his “adventurous nature,” as the question puts it. The other answer choices do not seem well-matched to the “extreme” theme the author maintains throughout the passage.
5. The best answer is A. The major clue here is the initial “If” clause in the sentence. It must be followed by a comma, then a second clause; the other answer choices may be eliminated.
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