4. The timing of the discovery of the New World was advantageous to European fur traders because (A) simultaneously, the beaver population in Europe was depleting and the New World was rife with North American beaver. (B) prohibitions on beaver hunting had been ratified by most European countries. (C) they were able to sell beaver furs to Aboriginal communities. (D) Aboriginal communities were in need of guns, alcohol, and other European products.
Explanation Nowhere in the passage does it indicate that: Europe had ever prohibited beaver hunting, that European traders sold beaver pelts to Aboriginal peoples, or that these people were in need of guns, alcohol, or other European products, so the answer cannot be B, C, nor D. Thus, the answer is A and this aligns well with the opening sentence of the fourth paragraph which states that European beaver populations were at near extinction amid the last decade of the fifteenth century, dating within the same time frame as the discovery of the New World.