Question 16 - 11th Grade English Language Arts and Literacy: Writing Practice Test for the SBAC

A student is writing a persuasive speech for his speech class about the value of spaying and neutering pets. Read the attached paragraphs from the student’s draft and complete this task:

What are more concrete or specific words to replace the three underlined words/phrases in the text? Select the best answer.

Although some pet owners feel that spaying or neutering their pets is unnecessary, it actually gives pets the chance for a longer and healthier life. Pets who are spayed or neutered do not have to endure the stress of going into heat and looking for a mate. Spaying or neutering your pet also helps drop the number of unwanted pets living in shelters or on the streets.

People who are against the idea of spaying and neutering argue that the animals don’t have a say in the process and we are taking away their “rights” to reproduce. Others suggest that spaying or neutering may change their pet’s personality. Animal experts and pet care professionals have debunked both of these arguments and support spaying and neutering as one of the most responsible actions a pet owner can take.

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