After reading the underlined portion, look at the ANSWERS for Clues. We have finally given with next, first, and also provided as choices. We are looking for the proper Chronological Sequence in context.
Answer A – No change. ELIMINATE A because this is not the last attempt. In context, this is the first mention of trying to put the corks together. We see him attempting other ways in the sentences following.
Answer B ELIMINATE B because there is no indication of a prior attempt to construct the boat.
Answer C KEEP C because this is the first indication of attempting to construct a boat.
Answer D ELIMINATE D because also indicates simultaneous action.
The Correct Answer is