Choose the answer which best rewords the italicized portion. If you think the original wording is best, choose option A.

"Because of the preemptive strike, Japan was able to carry out its plans for Southwest Asia and the Indonesian Archipelago."

  1. Because of the preemptive strike,
  2. And the preemptive strike,
  3. The preemptive strike
  4. The strike was preemptive

Answer: A - The best choice is “Because of the preemptive strike”

The adverbial clause “Because of the preemptive strike” tells why Japan was able to carry out its plans. The other answer choices do not properly complete the sentence.

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