Name: ___________________________ Date: ______________ Class: ____________________
World Studies for Georgia Students-Grade 7
Chapter 5: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Section 1: The Geography of Saudi
Arabia
Guided Reading
Instructions: Read the section and complete each item with words from
the passages in this section.
1. A quick look at a map of Southwest Asia shows that Saudi Arabia is the
___________________ country in the region.
2. Much of its land is a vast, sparsely inhabited __________________.
3. Over half of Saudi Arabia is covered by these __________________ including
the world’s largest __________________ desertthe Rub’ al-Khali, which
means Empty Quarter in Arabic.
4. Along the _______________ _______________, there is a narrow coastal
plain.
5. There are no permanent __________________ in Saudi Arabia.
6. _________________, or petroleum, is the most important natural resource for
Saudi Arabia.
7. In an effort to create more fresh water, Saudi Arabia has built many
_______________________ plants along the coasts.
8. _______________________, or the expanding of deserts, also threatens the
land that can be used for agriculture.
9. The harsh geography of Saudi Arabia has a major impact on where people
_________________ and how they trade in the country. In fact, more than four-
fifths of all Saudis live in __________________, or urban areas.
10. Saudi Arabia’s long ____________________ on the Red Sea and Persian Gulf
encourage _________________ by sea.
Name: ___________________________ Date: ______________ Class: ____________________
World Studies for Georgia Students-Grade 7
Chapter 5: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Section 1: The Geography of Saudi
Arabia
Guided Reading
11. About 90 percent of the citizens of Saudi Arabia are _________________, and
Arabic is the official language.
12. ____________________, the official religion of Saudi Arabia, began in Saudi
Arabia and has a large impact on the daily life and ______________________
of the country.
13. Schools, businesses, and government offices organize around Islam’s
__________________ and daily prayer schedules.
14. The role of __________________ is more restrictive than in other parts of the
world.
Name: ___________________________ Date: ______________ Class: ____________________
World Studies for Georgia Students-Grade 7
Chapter 5: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Section 2: A Brief History of Saudi
Arabia
Guided Reading
Instructions: Read the section and complete each item with words from
the passages in this section.
1. One of the most important events that occurred there was the creation of
__________________, and today two of Islam’s holiest cities are located there:
__________________ and ___________________.
2. Because this land was where Islam began, it makes sense that for many
hundreds of years it was mostly controlled by Islamic kingdoms like the
___________________ Empire.
3. In 1932, a man named Abd-al-Aziz bin Abd al-Rahman Al Saud created
_______________ __________________, marking the end of a thirty-year
fight to unite the Arabian Peninsula.
4. The ___________________ of Saudi Arabia have worked to create a stable and
thriving economy for the country, as well as maintain its position as a regional
power.
5. When Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, Saudi Arabia supported _______________
in this Persian Gulf War.
6. One of the Saudi kings who had the greatest impact on the ________________
of Saudi Arabia was King Abdullah.
7. Unlike many countries in Southwest Asia, Saudi Arabia survived the 2011
_________________ _________________ (the series of antigovernment
protests, uprisings, and armed rebellions that spread across the Middle East in
early 2011) with little bloodshed.
8. King Abdullah tried to settle some of the unrest by creating new
_________________ for Saudi citizens.
Name: ___________________________ Date: ______________ Class: ____________________
World Studies for Georgia Students-Grade 7
Chapter 5: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Section 2: A Brief History of Saudi
Arabia
Guided Reading
9. King __________________ became king in 2015 after the death of his half-
brother King Abdullah. Most of his reign, so far, has focused on fighting unrest
and ____________________ (the unlawful use of violence and intimidation,
especially against civilians, in pursuit of political aims) throughout Southwest
Asia.
10. In addition, Saudi Arabia created an Islamic coalition made up of 24 countries
whose main goal is to fight and eliminate __________________.
Name: ___________________________ Date: ______________ Class: ____________________
World Studies for Georgia Students-Grade 7
Chapter 5: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Section 3: The Government of
Saudi Arabia
Guided Reading
Instructions: Read the section and complete each item with words from
the passages in this section.
1. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an _________________
___________________, which means it is an autocracy.
2. In an ________________ monarchy, citizens have no power or influence on the
selection of the country’s leader.
3. There is also no ___________________ to protect the citizens’ rights and
freedoms.
4. The point of the ______________ ______________ is to outline the process
through which the next king is chosen, as well as have in writing that Saudi
Arabia follows ______________ Law.
5. ________________ _______________ is following laws that are based on
Islam and the Quran.
6. The king has a cabinet called the Council of ____________________.
7. The ___________________ Council is the legislative branch in Saudi Arabia.
8. The judicial branch of the Saudi government contains the _______________
Court.
9. Restrictions on the activities of __________________ occur in all parts of
Saudi life and are enforced by religious police.
10. Citizens who are twenty-one years and older are allowed to _______________
in municipal elections every four years.
Name: ___________________________ Date: ______________ Class: ____________________
World Studies for Georgia Students-Grade 7
Chapter 5: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Section 4: The Economy of Saudi
Arabia
Guided Reading
Instructions: Read the section and complete each item with words from
the passages in this section.
1. Saudi Arabia leans toward a __________________ economy and relies on oil
for most of its income.
2. The government is trying to allow for more __________________ ownership
of companies in Saudi Arabia, which will move it along the economic
continuum closer to a pure _________________ economy.
3. Saudi Arabia is trying to __________________ its economy. A
________________ economy focuses on the production of different goods
rather than just one good, like oil.
4. __________________ is very important to the Saudi economy because it is
based on oil and its leading exports are _________________ and petroleum
products.
5. While free trade is important to the economy of Saudi Arabia, it has also used
trade __________________.
6. The Saudis have other government _________________ on trade.
________________ cannot be imported into the country as a result of Sharia
Law.
7. The great wealth from oil production has allowed Saudi Arabia to
___________________ agriculture by spending billions of dollars on irrigation
and desalination technology.
8. The Saud family has used a lot of the money from the oil industries to invest in
__________________ capital.
9. Saudi Arabia has invested heavily in capital ___________________.
Name: ___________________________ Date: ______________ Class: ____________________
World Studies for Georgia Students-Grade 7
Chapter 5: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Section 4: The Economy of Saudi
Arabia
Guided Reading
10. _____________________ is an area in which Saudi Arabia has room for
significant improvement.
Name: ___________________________ Date: ______________ Class: ____________________
World Studies for Georgia Students-Grade 7
Chapter 5: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Section 5: US-Saudi Relations
Guided Reading
Instructions: Read the section and complete each item with words from
the passages in this section.
1. The _______________________ between the United States and Saudi Arabia
began in 1940.
2. Saudi Arabia’s ___________________ is also important to the United States,
especially as the two countries work together to combat __________________
and terrorism.
3. The main focus of the US-Saudi relationship is maintaining
________________ and combatting terrorism in the region of Southwest Asia.
4. Saudi Arabia is committed to preventing __________________ and helps the
United States’ efforts with military and financial assistance as needed.
5. The assistance that the United States provides to Saudi Arabia includes
__________________ training, equipment, and construction.
6. In addition to their __________________ relationship, the United States and
Saudi Arabia are _________________ partners.
7. Saudi Arabia is a member of many of the same international
__________________ as the United States.
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