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The Syrian Civil War Quiz
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It began as a movement for a more open society and devolved into a dehumanizing debacle. How much do you know about the Syrian Civil War?

Who is the leader of pro-government forces that are attempting to stamp out resistance from many groups in Syria?

  • Salih Muhammed
  • Bashar al-Assad
  • Ahmad Tu'mah

How many Syrians have died in the conflict?

  • more than 500,000
  • more than 250,000
  • more than 90,000

Some evidence shows that the Syrian government may have executed at least how many detainees?

  • perhaps 4,000
  • perhaps 10,000
  • perhaps 70,000

In what year did the Syrian Civil War begin?

  • 2011
  • 2013
  • 2014

When was the country under emergency rule?

  • From 2011 to the present
  • From 1963 to 2011
  • From 1941 to 1962

In this civil war, about how many soldiers make up the Syrian Armed Forces?

  • 1 million
  • 600,000
  • 180,000

What events triggered the civil war?

  • oppressive wheat taxation
  • a crackdown on illegal immigrants
  • pro-democracy protests

After widespread protests, what happened on March 29, 2011?

  • The Syrian cabinet resigned.
  • Military units fired on unarmed protesters.
  • Protesters stormed a government building.

In part to defuse protests, to what factor did President Assad attribute the uprising?

  • foreign meddling
  • violent terrorists
  • an attempted coup

How did the government attempt to disrupt demonstrations?

  • It cut Internet and phone services.
  • It offered new legislation giving in to many of their demands.
  • It assassinated three protest leaders.

In which city have a huge number of deaths occurred in comparison to the rest of the country?

  • Aleppo
  • Damascus
  • Homs

As protests mounted, government officials said that they would treat demonstrations as if they were what?

  • a declaration of war
  • a threat to public safety
  • an act of terrorism

The Syria Civil War might be viewed in part as a proxy war between which two powerful nations?

  • U.S. and Russia
  • Iran and Turkey
  • Russia and Iraq

Both the U.S. and Russia oppose which force that is fighting in Syria?

  • Iraq
  • ISIS
  • Iran

In August 2013, Assad's forces used which weapon of mass destruction to kill hundreds of people?

  • sarin
  • anthrax
  • mustard gas

In 2012, Turkey estimated that about how many Syrian soldiers had defected?

  • about 20,000
  • about 130,000
  • about 60,000

Of the nearly 5 million people who have fled Syria, what percentage have traveled to Europe?

  • 20%
  • 10%
  • 30%

What percentage of Syria's population has been displaced by the war?

  • more than 30%
  • more than 50%
  • more than 70%

Defecting Syrian officers formed which rebel group to fight Assad's forces?

  • Islamic Front
  • Rojava
  • Free Syrian Army

The Al-Nusra Front is a branch of which group?

  • ISIS
  • al-Qaeda
  • The Syrian Democratic Forces

By one U.S. defense estimate, how many various rebel groups are a part of the fighting?

  • 120
  • 1,200
  • 80

Which city is sometimes called "the capital of the revolution?"

  • Homs
  • Aleppo
  • Al Tabqah

The Syrian Democratic Forces have leveled their guns primarily at which group?

  • The Free Syrian Army
  • ISIS
  • Government loyalists

About what percentage of Syria's population no longer has access to suitable drinking water?

  • about 40%
  • about 70%
  • about 85%

How many countries in the U.S.-led coalition have conducted air strikes in Iraq and Syria?

  • 12
  • 10
  • eight

How many of the country's six UNESCO World Heritage Sites have been damaged during the conflict?

  • Five
  • Four
  • Three

About how many Syrian refugees has Turkey registered?

  • nearly 1 million
  • nearly 3 million
  • nearly 6 million

Which group does Iran support in the fighting?

  • The Kurds
  • government loyalists
  • ISIS

Why did U.S. President Barack Obama threaten to attack Assad's forces?

  • He said Assad threatened America with terror attacks.
  • He said there was evidence of illegal chemical attacks.
  • He said that civilian casualties were getting out of control.

Since the end of WWII, how long have civil wars lasted, on average?

  • five years
  • 10 years
  • 15 years