Test: SAT Writing

     (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.

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What would be the best sentence to insert between Sentence 1 and Sentence 2?

The sport has quickly gained popularity in recent years.

However, the game has faced a lot of criticism over the years due to its violent nature.

Numerous Native American tribes, including the Iroquois, Cherokee, and Onondaga have played versions of it for at least 400 years.

Consequently, professional lacrosse players are not paid the same salaries as baseball players.

The first modern lacrosse league was organized in Montreal in 1856.

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