What is Genocide? - Definition, History & Examples


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When did the United Nations develop an official definition of genocide?

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1. Which of the following is not considered part of a genocide by the United Nations definition?

2. A genocide may occur as part of or at the same time as what major event?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Genocide typically differs from other acts of violence and mass destruction in its goals, strategies and in the perpetrators' frequent defense and denial of events and deaths. For a clearer understanding of the term, genocide, try answering the questions and reading the accompanying lesson.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz tests your knowledge on the following aspects of genocide:

  • Stages of genocide
  • Origin of the term
  • Defense and denial
  • Acts of genocide
  • An event that include genocide

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the facts and definitions you've learned about genocide
  • Interpreting Information - show that you can read and understand how a country may deny the occurrence of genocide
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to explain some of the characteristics of genocide

Additional Learning

To learn more about what defines these events, read the lesson, What is Genocide? - Definition, History & Examples. The lesson covers the following outcomes and goals:

  • List some of the acts that are defined as genocide
  • Explain why countries defend and deny acts of genocide
  • Cite historical events classified as genocide
  • Understand the scope and objective of genocide