English Language: Elementary School: Grades 3, 4 and 5 Quiz - Grade 4 Writing - Transitional Words and Phrases (Questions)

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Transitional words and phrases should be used in narrative writing. Since events are written in sequential order, the use of transitional words will make the story read more smoothly. They allow the reader to fully understand the relationships between events. In this quiz, students will answer questions about transitional words used in certain situations of a story.

1. In your narrative, you want to show that the next event in your story will take place tomorrow.
What transitional word or phrase should be used to show this sequence?
[ ] In the meantime
[ ] The following day
[ ] Afterward
[ ] Later
2. In your narrative, you want to show that the next event in your story will take place at dinner.
What transitional word or phrase should be used to show this sequence?
[ ] Suddenly
[ ] Almost as quickly
[ ] Right away
[ ] During
3. In your narrative, you want to show that the next event in your story will take place first followed by another event.
What transitional word or phrase should be used to show this sequence?
[ ] Before
[ ] In just
[ ] Meanwhile
[ ] Never
4. In your narrative, you want to show that the next event in your story will take place right away after another event occurs.
What transitional word or phrase should be used to show this sequence?
[ ] Later on
[ ] As soon as
[ ] For a long time
[ ] That evening
5. In your narrative, you want to show that the next event will take place at the same time as something else.
What transitional word or phrase should be used to show this sequence?
[ ] Quickly
[ ] Late
[ ] While
[ ] During the day
6. What transition word or phrase would fit appropriately in the blank?

Karen ran excitedly to the door ____ the bell rang for only two seconds.
[ ] after
[ ] at dusk
[ ] meanwhile
[ ] soon
7. What transition word or phrase would fit appropriately in the blank?

The dark criminal turned the corner with my purse in his hand. ____ I thought I should call the police, but then I decided to chase him.
[ ] By 3 o'clock
[ ] An hour later
[ ] Just as
[ ] At first
8. What transition word or phrase would fit appropriately in the blank?

____ nightfall, Patty would need to study for her exam since it was going to take place during her first class.
[ ] In just
[ ] Right after
[ ] Just before
[ ] As
9. What transition word or phrase would fit appropriately in the blank?

____ the storm, my dog trembled in fear from the sound of the thunder.
[ ] During
[ ] Meanwhile
[ ] Right away
[ ] Moments later
10. What transition word or phrase would fit appropriately in the blank?

____, we rose from our sleepy state and started to get ready for our big trip.
[ ] By the time
[ ] Never
[ ] As soon as
[ ] At dawn
English Language: Elementary School: Grades 3, 4 and 5 Quiz - Grade 4 Writing - Transitional Words and Phrases (Answers)
1. In your narrative, you want to show that the next event in your story will take place tomorrow.
What transitional word or phrase should be used to show this sequence?
[ ] In the meantime
[x] The following day
[ ] Afterward
[ ] Later
Even though all the answers mean later, the best answer shows the exact time
2. In your narrative, you want to show that the next event in your story will take place at dinner.
What transitional word or phrase should be used to show this sequence?
[ ] Suddenly
[ ] Almost as quickly
[ ] Right away
[x] During
This transition word refers to something currently happening
3. In your narrative, you want to show that the next event in your story will take place first followed by another event.
What transitional word or phrase should be used to show this sequence?
[x] Before
[ ] In just
[ ] Meanwhile
[ ] Never
When one event happens prior to another, "before" should be used
4. In your narrative, you want to show that the next event in your story will take place right away after another event occurs.
What transitional word or phrase should be used to show this sequence?
[ ] Later on
[x] As soon as
[ ] For a long time
[ ] That evening
"As soon as" should be used to denote two events taking place one right after the other
5. In your narrative, you want to show that the next event will take place at the same time as something else.
What transitional word or phrase should be used to show this sequence?
[ ] Quickly
[ ] Late
[x] While
[ ] During the day
"While" should be used to explain that two things are happening at the same time
6. What transition word or phrase would fit appropriately in the blank?

Karen ran excitedly to the door ____ the bell rang for only two seconds.
[x] after
[ ] at dusk
[ ] meanwhile
[ ] soon
"After" should fit into this blank because it shows the relationship of when these events took place
7. What transition word or phrase would fit appropriately in the blank?

The dark criminal turned the corner with my purse in his hand. ____ I thought I should call the police, but then I decided to chase him.
[ ] By 3 o'clock
[ ] An hour later
[ ] Just as
[x] At first
This event would take place first before the next event would take place
8. What transition word or phrase would fit appropriately in the blank?

____ nightfall, Patty would need to study for her exam since it was going to take place during her first class.
[ ] In just
[ ] Right after
[x] Just before
[ ] As
This event would happen before the student went to bed
9. What transition word or phrase would fit appropriately in the blank?

____ the storm, my dog trembled in fear from the sound of the thunder.
[x] During
[ ] Meanwhile
[ ] Right away
[ ] Moments later
These two events would take place at the same time
10. What transition word or phrase would fit appropriately in the blank?

____, we rose from our sleepy state and started to get ready for our big trip.
[ ] By the time
[ ] Never
[ ] As soon as
[x] At dawn
This event would take place in the early hours of the morning