The Syrian Civil War Quiz
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?
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
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?
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?
In August 2013, Assad's forces used which weapon of mass destruction to kill hundreds of people?
- 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?
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
- Free Syrian Army
The Al-Nusra Front is a branch of which group?
- The Syrian Democratic Forces
By one U.S. defense estimate, how many various rebel groups are a part of the fighting?
Which city is sometimes called "the capital of the revolution?"
The Syrian Democratic Forces have leveled their guns primarily at which group?
- The Free Syrian Army
- 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?
How many of the country's six UNESCO World Heritage Sites have been damaged during the conflict?
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
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