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Known to its considerable opposition as "Seward's Folly", the purchase

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Known to its considerable opposition as "Seward's Folly", the purchase of Alaska was not unlike that of the Louisiana territory, which provided the United States with new land, a strategic military position, and control of the entire Mississippi River valley.

(A) not unlike that of the Louisiana territory, which provided
(B) not unlike the Louisiana territory, which provided
(C) like the Louisiana territory, which provided
(D) like that of the Louisiana territory for providing
(E) as that of the Louisiana territory for providing

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Here we are comparing the purchase of Alaska to the purchase of Louisiana (as that of Louisiana). Eliminated B, C since the comparisons are not parallel.

Hung up between A, D and E. All of them seem to be correct to me. Help please :(
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start with "that of"
As we are comparing purchase of Alaska with the purchase of Louisiana, we need "that of". So B and C are out.

Then look at "which provided" VS "for providing". "For providing" is general and it's impossible to identify to what it refers to. while "while provides" is specific, so we know it refers to the purchase of Louisiana.

So A should be the correct answer.
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