The Soviet War in Afghanistan: Causes & Timeline


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The increase in which of the following groups during the 1970s caused the Soviet Union to pursue action in Afghanistan?

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1. Which organization was the primary communist party in Afghanistan?

2. Why did the mujahedin forces launch a movement against the Afghan government?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Soviet war in Afghanistan was an attempt by the Soviet Union to strengthen its control within Soviet Central Asia, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of it. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of the causes, events, figures and fallout of the war.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Population changes in 1970s Soviet Central Asia
  • Primary communist party in Afghanistan
  • Catalyst for the mujahedins' movement
  • Preferred military tactic of the mujahedin

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related history lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Soviet war in Afghanistan
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify the two events that caused the Soviet Union to reassess its engagement in Afghanistan

Additional Learning

To learn more about history, review the accompanying lesson The Soviet War in Afghanistan: Causes & Timeline. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about the causes of the Soviet war in Afghanistan
  • Identify the number of war casualties for both sides
  • Understand the strategies of the combatants
  • Know historic events and figures of the Soviet war in Afghanistan