Read the following passage, which contains some underlined or numbered words or phrases. Each of the answer choices contains alternatives for the underlines; choose the one that fits best grammatically or stylistically. If you think the original is the best answer, choose Choice ‘A’, or NO CHANGE.
Questions about specific parts of the passage or about the passage as a whole are identified by numbers only, not underlines. These will be associated with specific questions.
It’s come to my attention on the days that I’m responsible for doing the laundry, that when I fold the clean clothes, it
takes almost twice as long to fold everyone elses clothes as it does my own. The reason it takes so long to fold Mom’s,
Dad’s and Sissie’s clothing is that almost every single garment must be turned “right side out” before folding, whereas
my own clothes only require turning “right side out” about one time for every eight articles of clothing. This alarming
observation force me to do a little research on what happens to clothing during the machine wash and drying.
Interestingly it turns out that what we perceive as “right side out” is incorrect, from the article of clothing’s point of view.
A pair of jeans, for example, is sewed what we would view as “wrong side out,” with what will be the outside of the jeans
inside. Turning the article “right side out” to us, actually puts a strain on the completed garment. When put in the washer
or dryer and tumbled about, the jeans naturally tend to return to the unstressed “wrong side out.” Which brings us to the
question “Why is everyone else’s clothing inside-out, but mine is mostly not?”
A little investigation around the house provided the answer. Most members of my family peels off their clothing like one
peels a banana: with a tee shirt, they grab the bottom hem of the shirt and pull it up over their heads, leaving the garment
inside-out; with a pair of jeans, they unbutton or unzip, and peel the jeans down over their legs and step out of them, again
leaving the garment inside-out. On the other hand, I take off my tee shirts by grabbing the collar of the shirt and pulling it
off over my head “right side out” and do the same with jeans. (12) I steps on the bottom hem of the pants and pull my legs
out of them, again, “right side out.”
Removing my clothing in this way means that only a few of my clothes get turned inside-out, or the more unstressed and
comfortable configuration (from my clothing’s point of view). But, because the rest of my family insist on throwing
there inside-out clothing in the hamper, the garments are perfectly “happy” to stay that way; and so exit the dryer inside-
out, forcing me to turn each article of clothing “right side out” and then fold it. Thus, it takes twice as long to fold a
garment worn by my mother, my dad or my sister, than it does my own.
Whereas fairness in laundry-folding should be a family priority; now, therefore be it:
Resolved, that in pursuance of a new, improved and more equitable laundry-folding policy:
1. I will henceforth fold the laundry exactly as it comes out of the dryer;
2. Family members are to be encouraged to remove their clothing so as to be “right side out” before placing them in the
3. All family members become more vigilant when putting on their clothing in the morning;
4. Going to work or school with shirts, socks or pants on inside-out would be embarrassing!
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(12) I steps on the bottom hem of the pants and pull my legs out of them, again, “right side out.”