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TOEFL Reading Insert a Sentence Question

This is part of a series of TOEFL Reading Question Types. In today’s post, we will discuss an "Insert a Sentence" question. In an "Insert a Sentence" question, you will be asked to decide where a new sentence best fits into the reading passage.

This question type tests your understanding of the logic in the passage. It also tests your ability to understand the grammatical connections from one sentence to another.

Let’s look at an example

Examine the four █ in the selection below and indicate at which block the following sentence could be inserted into the passage:

Trade was difficult for the early Europeans trading with Native Americans during the first trades.

█ [A] Economic contact between Native Americans and Europeans can be traced back to the English and French fishermen off the coast of Canada in the 1500s. They traded guns and other weapons for beaver fur. █ [B] The first explorers to trade with the Native Americans were Giovanni da Verrazano and Jacques Cartier in the 1520s and 1530s. █ [C]In Verrazano's book he notes, "If we wanted to trade with them for some of their things, they would come to the seashore on some rocks where the breakers were most violent while we remained on the little boat █ [D]and they sent us what they wanted to give on a rope, continually shouting to us not to approach the land..

Choose the place where the sentence fits best.

The answer is B

Answer Explanation:

B is the correct answer. The sentence provides a transition from the idea that the Europeans and Native Americans traded to the description of how the trades occurred. A would not be a logical place because the idea of trade occurring is not established yet. C would be incorrect because it would not be able to reference to the trade in the sentence two sentences earlier. D is incorrect because it is in the middle of a quote.