PSAT Writing : Moving Sentences

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for PSAT Writing

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Moving Sentences

     (1) The sport of lacrosse, while perhaps not as widely popular today in the United States as baseball or football, is far older. (2) These games served many important cultural functions. (3) They were used to settle disputes between tribes, as festival events, and to train young men to become warriors and hunters.

     (4) Hundreds of men and women from rival tribes or villages would gather to play at once. (5) The playing field was sometimes several miles long. (6) The original game was very different from the organized sport played today. (7) A single game would be played from dawn until sunset, and be followed by dancing and feasting.

     (8) Modern, standardized versions of lacrosse started to be played in the 1850s and soon became very popular throughout Canada and the United States. (9) For over a century, it has been one of the most widely played sports in high schools in both nations.

In context, where is the best place to put Sentence 6?

Possible Answers:

After Sentence 1

Before Sentence 4

Before Sentence 3

After Sentence 8

Where it is now

Correct answer:

Before Sentence 4


This sentence would be best used to begin the second paragraph, as it introduces the topic of differences between the modern game and the first versions of it, and this topic is is elaborated on in Sentences 4, 5, and 7.

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