Building and Tearing Down the Berlin Wall: History and Timeline


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The Berlin Wall was constructed in August of 1961, why was the city divided in the first place?

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1. The Berlin Wall eventually fell after a communist official announced that free passage would again be allowed between East and West Berlin. What year was this and what prompted this announcement?

2. Escape attempts from East Berlin after the erection of the wall were risky, as _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Berlin Wall was erected to divide East and West Berlin. This quiz and worksheet combination will test your knowledge of specific events in and aspects of this wall's history.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on:

  • How long it took to erect the wall originally
  • When the wall was erected and when it fell
  • The initial Soviet attempt to remove western allies from West Berlin
  • Why escape attempts were dangerous

Skills Practiced

Be prepared to practice these study skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related history lesson on the Berlin Wall
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding when the wall was erected
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about why it was dangerous to attempt an escape from East Berlin

Additional Learning

Learn more by studying the accompanying lesson, Building and Tearing Down the Berlin Wall: History and Timeline. This lesson will focus on the following objectives:

  • Review the events leading up to the creation of the Berlin Wall
  • Understand how and why Berlin was split in this manner
  • Address the Berlin Airlift
  • Study when the wall was built and why
  • Analyze the state of the world when the wall was torn down