Ethnic Cleansing: Definition & Examples


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What is the systematic killing of a specific group, especially those of a particular ethnic group?

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1. The attempt to eliminate members of an unwanted ethnic group within an area is referred to as _____.

2. What event is most closely linked to the term ethnic cleansing gaining broad usage?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

While the term 'ethnic cleansing' may be relatively new, its concept goes back thousands of years. Through this quiz and worksheet, you'll check your understanding of ethnic cleansing and genocide, and when in history these tactics were used.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The definitions of genocide and ethnic cleansing
  • When the term ethnic cleansing was coined
  • What types of events that are considered an ethnic cleansing
  • Facts about ethnic cleansing

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on ethnic cleansing
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on the concept of genocide and ethnic cleansing and interpret it correctly
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of ethnic cleansing and what types of crimes it defines
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding historical examples of ethnic cleansing

Additional Learning

To learn more about the history of this crime of war, review the accompanying lesson on the History of Ethnic Cleansing. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define the term ethnic cleansing
  • Identify acts of ethnic cleansing in history
  • Define genocide and compare/contrast it with ethnic cleansing