Syria Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the country of Syria?
Quiz by Aaron197
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Last updated: May 22, 2020
First submittedAugust 13, 2019
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Capital of Syria
Damascus
Most populous city in terms of city proper
Aleppo
Official language
Arabic
Country with which Syria was united from 1958–1961, forming the "United Arab Republic"
Egypt
Empire which controlled Syria from 1516–1918
Ottoman Empire
Region, starting with L, that Syria is a part of
The Levant
In ancient times, Syria was part of this area, also known as the "cradle of civilization"
Fertile Crescent
Body of water which Syria borders
Mediterranean Sea
"Caliphate" which controlled a significant amount of territory in Syria during the 2010s
ISIS
Country with which Syria shares its longest border
Turkey
Current leader of Syria
Bashar al-Assad
Political party to which the above belongs
Ba'ath
Minority branch of Islam to which the ruling class of Syria belongs (starts with A)
Alawites
Ancient Mesopotamian kingdom from which Syria takes its name
Assyria
River that flows through much of Syria on its path to the Persian Gulf
Euphrates
European country that had a "mandate" to oversee Syria from 1924–1946
France
Currency of Syria
Syrian Pound
Area that Israel took from Syria during the Six-Day War
Golan Heights
Name either of the two countries that have supported the Syrian government
during the current Civil War
Iran | Russia
Third-largest city, formerly known as Emesa
Homs
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Level 67
May 20, 2020
Great quiz, quite a challenge. Minor typo, should be 'body of *water* which Syria borders'.
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Level 75
May 20, 2020
"Near" should be "Name"
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Level 72
May 20, 2020
"Oversee" is also misspelled
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Level ∞
May 20, 2020
All typos fixed.
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Level 66
May 21, 2020
I enjoyed the quiz, but I didn't get the meaning of this clue "Most populous city within the city limits"... I merely typed Aleppo because I guessed that it would be an answer.
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Level 75
May 22, 2020
Yes, I assumed you wanted the most populous city within Damascus, and gave up. Then I guessed Aleppo as the 3rd largest city, and I fluked the point for the other question!
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Level ∞
May 22, 2020
This has been deconfusified.
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Level 67
May 28, 2020
Haha.

Well apparently I don't need outside help to be confusified.. I couldn't think of mediterranean and also didn't come up with assyria! made me feel pretty stupid, but let's stick to confused.. I missed a few more, but those didn't make me feel stupid.

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Level 53
Jun 2, 2020
well i'm guessing that the president is very clean he takes lots of Ba'ath AHHA
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Level 35
Jun 18, 2020
thats how you get assad-inated
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Level 53
Sep 7, 2020
nicely done
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Level 35
Jun 18, 2020
can you accept SYP for syrian punnd?
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Level 70
Jul 3, 2020
accept "alevites" for "alawites please
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Level 71
Sep 7, 2020
I was about to post a similar comment, but then I searched for more information on wikipedia. Apparently there are two similar, but distinct (?) sects. There are the Alawites (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alawites) and then there are the Alevis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alevism). Even on the Wiki-page about the Alawites it says that they are often confused with the Alevis.

tl;dr: Alawites =/= Alevis

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Level 72
Sep 7, 2020
Should "Alawi" be accepted?
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Level 70
Feb 11, 2021
A lot more leeway on the spelling for that one would be nice.
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Level 86
Sep 7, 2020
*insert Gary Johnson reference here*
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Level 31
Sep 7, 2020
Hi. Great quiz. I'm from Syria and I feel that describing the Alawites as a "Minority branch of Islam to which the ruling class of Syria belongs" is inaccurate and objectionable in my opinion. There isn't a true "ruling class" in Syria, the power lies almost solely in the hands of the Dictator President, and certainly not one from a specific religious sect. This also implies that Alawites are somehow a previlleged class which they definetely are not, the majority are poor farmers in the coastal country side whereas the wealth of the country is more concentrated in the Sunnis and others living in the big cities. The president of Syria is Alawite and the high millitary ranks are largely populated by Alawites (because the president believes that they would be less likely to turn against him) but other than that the Syrian government is quite nonsectarian. You could instead rephrase the question as "Minority branch of Islam to which the Syrian President belongs". Hope you agree.
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Level 82
Sep 7, 2020
There is some historical basis to the phrasing of the clue as the French were playing different factions within Syria off of each other and chose to elevate a minority within the country for political reasons. But.. that was a while ago and now I think you are right, it's not the Alawites generally that are in control it's just the Assad family and it's been that way for a long time.
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Level 82
Sep 7, 2020
Are Homs and Aleppo correct answers still? Both devastated by the Syrian civil war.

Good quiz. Very easy for this amateur Assyriologist. Fascinating region.

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Level 31
Sep 8, 2020
Its probably different now. I would guess that Damascus became the most populated city and Lattakia would probably be the third since both saw an increase in population from people fleeing other cities like Aleppo and Homs but the truth is nobody knows not even the Syrian government since a census would be out of the question now