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Kristin Fracchia

ACT Challenge Question 22: Appositives – Answer and Explanation

Magoosh ACT Challenge Question


Have you been waiting on pins and needles all week for the answer to our ACT English Challenge Question? That’s understandable.

Well the wait is over because the answer and explanation are below. If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a go before you take a peek at the answer!

ACT Challenge Question 22

It all began in mid-March when a peddler from Halifax named John Law had a frightening encounter with a poor young woman, Alizon Device in a field, near the town of Colne.


B. young woman, Alizon Device, in a field near

C. young woman, Alizon Device in a field near

D. young woman Alizon Device in a field, near

Answer and Explanation

The answer is (B). In this case, “Alizon Device” describes “the poor young woman” and as such, needs to be set of as an appositive with commas (eliminating (C) and (D)). We do not want to include “in a field” in the appositive. She is still Alizon Device even when she is not in a field! So this eliminates (A).


About Kristin Fracchia

Kristin makes sure Magoosh's blogs are chock-full of awesome, free resources for students preparing for standardized tests. With a PhD from UC Irvine and degrees in Education and English, she’s been working in education since 2004 and has helped students prepare for standardized tests, as well as college and graduate school admissions, since 2007. She enjoys the agonizing bliss of marathon running, backpacking, hot yoga, and esoteric knowledge.

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