Social Unrest: Definition & Overview


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After the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. there was a lot of civil unrest. In Chicago on April 4, 1968, violence broke out on the West Side in a black ghetto. As the violence spread, arson, looting and killing took place over 28 blocks on West Madison Street. What is this an example of?

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1. Spartacus was the most well-known leader of the slaves during the Third Servile War. This was a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic that spanned over two years and included numerous planned attacks. What is this an example of?

2. Lacy is generally a very quiet person who doesn't get out of control. Over the weekend, she attended the football game against one of her school's biggest rivals. After her school won the game, Lacy and her friends started throwing their glass bottles in celebration, damaging the apartment property they lived in. Which of the following best describes Lacy's actions?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Social unrest is something that most societies seek to avoid, but will most likely occur from time to time, for various reasons. Use these assessment questions to test your understanding of the characteristics and causes of social unrest. Some things you'll be tested on include famous examples of social unrest throughout history, the different causes of it and the types of social unrest.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • The type of social unrest following Martin Luther King's assassination
  • The kind of social unrest that happened during the slave uprisings lead by Spartacus
  • An example of social unrest involving a quiet and reserved person
  • The most accurate definition of social unrest
  • What is and is not an example of social unrest

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding types of social unrest
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you can recall the most significant information from the related lesson on social unrest, such as examples of social unrest and what causes it
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define social unrest

Additional Learning

To learn more about social unrest, review the corresponding lesson called Social Unrest: Definition & Overview. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The general definition of social unrest
  • Specific types of social unrest
  • Factors and causes
  • Examples throughout history