Overview of the Middle East: 1945-Present


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The independence of which country was a political nightmare for the first Arab leaders?

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1. Why were many Arab rulers deposed?

2. Which is NOT a result of increased oil wealth?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Middle East has a diverse and complex history, especially in the period of time following World War II. These quiz questions will test you on the recent history of the Middle East since 1945. Some things you'll be tested on include oil and terrorism in the region.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • New nations and the conflicts they caused
  • The deposition of Arab rulers
  • The effects of oil wealth
  • Terrorism in Palestine
  • Political views relevant to the Iranian Revolution

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - recall information on the recent history of the Middle East since 1945 using the information you went over in the lesson
  • Reading comprehension - check your understanding of the causes of conflicts, political upheavals and terrorism in the Middle East since World War II
  • Knowledge application - use the knowledge you've gained from the lesson to identify key aspects of the Middle East's modern history, relevant countries and the reasons for important historical events

Additional Learning

If you want to learn more about recent Middle Eastern history, check out the attached lesson called Overview of the Middle East: 1945-Present. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Challenges following World War II
  • The creation of a nation state
  • Islamic and Pan-Arab politics
  • The effects of oil