Fascism: Characteristics, History & Rise


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_____ refers to citizens exhibiting an extreme, unyielding pride in their country.

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1. Which of the following forms of government MOST often accompanies fascism?

2. Why is xenophobia so effective across so many different cultures?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

While there have always been governments and societies that fit the definition of fascism, the modern version of this extreme type of authoritarian government emerged in the wake of World War I - most notably in Spain, Germany and Italy. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand the common elements of fascism, how fascist states operate and the devastating consequences of these types of regimes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The term for extreme pride in one's own country
  • The term for extreme fear of foreigners or strangers
  • Fascism and dictatorships
  • Countries that have embraced fascist regimes
  • Populations that have suffered under fascism

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of fascism to answer questions about common ideas and methods of this type of government
  • Defining key concepts - accurately define key terms such as xenophobia, dictatorship and nationalism
  • Making connections - examine the factors that led to the rise of fascism in the 20th century

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on the origins and ideas of fascism. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the common principles of fascist governments
  • Explore the roots of fascism in the 20th century
  • Know the methods fascist regimes use to maintain power
  • Review fascism's use of propaganda
  • Know how ethnic groups and minorities are exploited under fascist regimes