Read this passage: Several factors led to the beginning of World War I. The most immediate cause was the assassination of the Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serbian nationalist in 1914. As tensions exploded, many countries got involved because their quest for power had led them to form alliances that included mutual defense agreements. At the same time, a race for global domination was also gaining momentum as European nations raced to be the first to colonize Asia and Africa. In many arenas, nationalism was sweeping Europe, as each country fought to defend its own dominance and power. Which excerpt from the text best shows that the passage uses a cause-and-effect pattern? A. Several factors led to the beginning of World War I. B. the assassination of the Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serbian nationalist in 1914 C. European nations raced to be the first to colonize Asia and Africa D. In many arenas, nationalism was sweeping Europe

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