Why learn about Syria? Besides being in the news regularly since 2011 due to its ongoing civil war, Syria has been a significant player in the Middle East, and from 1970 to 2011, a relatively peaceful and stable regime under the rule of Hafez al-Assad, followed by his son, Bashar al-Assad.

Note: Special thanks to Learning Life intern, Kane Boynton, for assisting with the research and writing for this quiz.    

1. What is the population of Syria?


2. Which of the following is not among the major cities in Syria?


3. ___________ constitute the largest religious group in Syria.


4. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is part of the ____________ religious minority, which has ruled Syria since 1970.


5. All the following are among Syria’s major industries, except: