What is the United Nations? - Definition, History, Members & Purpose


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How many countries signed the UN's Charter when it was ratified to form the UN?

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1. What was the entity that was the precursor to the United Nations?

2. Which of the following is NOT a permanent member of the UN Security Council?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you quickly assess your understanding of the United Nations. You will be quizzed on the history of the organization and its function in international affairs.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Nations that signed the UN's founding charter
  • Organization that preceded the United Nations
  • UN Security Council and its members
  • Who coined the term 'United Nations'
  • Main purpose of the United Nations

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 the history of the United Nations
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the founding of the UN and its main purpose
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as General Assembly and Allied Powers
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the current members of the UN

Additional Learning

To learn more about this international organization, review the accompanying lesson on the History & Role of the United Nations. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define the purpose of the United Nations
  • Recognize the history and background that led to the organization's creation
  • Identify the chief members of the UN
  • Differentiate between the General Assembly and the Security Council