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World Regional Geography

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  • 1. 
    The city with the most polluted environment in Russia is...
    • A. 

      Norilsk

    • B. 

      Moscow

    • C. 

      St. Petersburg

  • 2. 
    The main problem in exploiting the oil around the Caspian Sea is drilling for it.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    The Russian region that is rich in resources and was the destination of many Russian people during Soviet times so that the local ethnic groups were outnumbered is
    • A. 

      North Caucasus

    • B. 

      North European and Middle Volga

    • C. 

      Siberia and the Far East

    • D. 

      Territories of the Far North

  • 4. 
    The czar who began the Westernization of Russia was Ivan the Terrible.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    After 1991, public institutions and welfare support systems were the main losers.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    Moscow's location near the headwaters of north- and south-flowing rivers and in the forests helped to make it the center of Muscovy.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    The part of Russia that is one of the most ethnically and linguistically complex in the world is
    • A. 

      North European and Middle Volga

    • B. 

      Siberia and the Far East

    • C. 

      North Caucasus

    • D. 

      Territories of the Far North

  • 8. 
    Moldova has not seen a sharp population decline because it is primarily agricultural.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    Which of the following is a Southern Caucasus country in the CIS?
    • A. 

      Kazakhstan

    • B. 

      Azerbaijan

    • C. 

      Tajikistan

    • D. 

      Uzbekistan

  • 10. 
    The largest Central Asian country in area is
    • A. 

      Kazakhstan

    • B. 

      Kyrgystan

    • C. 

      Uzbekistan

    • D. 

      Turkmenistan

  • 11. 
    The collision of tectonic plates created high mountains and deep lakes.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    What was different about the Russian Empire from other European empires?
    • A. 

      It contained land in the Americas

    • B. 

      It was mainly composed of adjacent land, while other empires were separated from the ruling country by oceans.

    • C. 

      It contained only people of a single language and ethnic group

    • D. 

      It was formed in the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries.

  • 13. 
    The heartland of Russia is
    • A. 

      Siberia

    • B. 

      The North Caucasus

    • C. 

      West of the Urals

    • D. 

      The lowlands around the Caspian Sea

  • 14. 
    Zoroastrianism originated in
    • A. 

      Armenia

    • B. 

      Russia

    • C. 

      Georgia

    • D. 

      Azerbaijan

  • 15. 
    In the country of ____________ the government decided to move its capital to the northern, Russian-dominated part of the country and renamed the chosen city Astana.
  • 16. 
    Nikita Khrushchev's campaign to open new lands to farming was called the_________ _________ ____________.
  • 17. 
    Collectivization attempted to make farmers like factory workers.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    The first Russian Empire and the Soviet Union built manufacturing industries around consumer markets.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    Under central planning, how are decisions regarding production made?
    • A. 

      Supply and demand

    • B. 

      Profit potential

    • C. 

      Government decree

    • D. 

      Factory workers' experience

  • 20. 
    Soviet planners often located industrial centers for political rather than economic reasons.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 21. 
    The greatest cluster of people in Russia lives in
    • A. 

      Siberia

    • B. 

      The steppes

    • C. 

      The far north

    • D. 

      Western Russia

  • 22. 
    The most productive farming regions in the Slavic countries are in
    • A. 

      Siberia

    • B. 

      The central part, north of Central Asia

    • C. 

      In the North, near the border with Finland

    • D. 

      Western Russia, Ukraine, and Moldova

  • 23. 
    The most populous and dominant country in Central Asia is
    • A. 

      Turkmenistan

    • B. 

      Kyrgystan

    • C. 

      Uzbekistan

    • D. 

      Kazakhstan

  • 24. 
    Perestroika, or restructuring, under Gorbachev resulted in an economic crisis.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 25. 
    Mikhail Gorbachev highlighted the concept of glasnost, which means
    • A. 

      Economic restructuring

    • B. 

      Agricultural reclamation

    • C. 

      Military strength

    • D. 

      Informational openness

  • 26. 
    Which of the following statements about environmental conditions in Russia is true?
    • A. 

      The emphasis on heavy industry laid waste to vast areas.

    • B. 

      The Chernobyl accident was the only incidence of radioactive pollution.

    • C. 

      The Black Sea was unaffected by Soviet industrial development.

    • D. 

      The Aral Sea is larger now than it was before the Communists came to power.

  • 27. 
    The rivers of Siberia are heavily used for transportation and hydroelectricity generation.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 28. 
    The Southern Caucasus lies at the ancient contact zone between the Turkish, Persian, and Roman empires.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 29. 
      Moldova has not seen a sharp population decline because it is primarily agricultural.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 30. 
    The focal point of the earliest Russian culture was centered around Slavic principalities in the area of which two modern cities?
    • A. 

      Stalingrad and Leningrad

    • B. 

      Vladivostok and Irkutsk

    • C. 

      Moscow and St. Petersburg

    • D. 

      Novgorod and Kiev

  • 31. 
    The last country to join the Commonweath of Independent States was
    • A. 

      Kazakhstan

    • B. 

      Russia

    • C. 

      Armenia

    • D. 

      Georgia

  • 32. 
    The leader under whom the Soviet Union was organized in 1922 was
    • A. 

      Joseph Stalin

    • B. 

      Adolph Hitler

    • C. 

      Vladimir I. Lenin

    • D. 

      Czar Nicholas I

  • 33. 
    The five countries of Central Asia were once part of
    • A. 

      Mesotamia

    • B. 

      The Roman Empires

    • C. 

      Turkestan

    • D. 

      China

  • 34. 
    An unusual feature of the Russian population compared to other regions is that
    • A. 

      Birth rates are rising

    • B. 

      Birth rates are very high

    • C. 

      Population is rising rapidly

    • D. 

      Death rates are rising after having fallen

  • 35. 
    Woman dominate the population of Russia because of
    • A. 

      The birth of far more girls than boys

    • B. 

      Out-migration of men

    • C. 

      Male infanticide

    • D. 

      War deaths and persecutions under Stalin

  • 36. 
    Which of the following is not true about Russia's role in the world?
    • A. 

      It is a permanent member of the Security Council of the United Nations.

    • B. 

      It has a strong capitalist economy.

    • C. 

      It regular attends meetings of the Group of 8 (G8) informal consultative body on the world's economy.

    • D. 

      It is a nuclear power.

  • 37. 
    Which of the following statements about Communism is true?
    • A. 

      By the end of the 1950s, the Soviet Union had caught up with the West in technological innovation.

    • B. 

      Technological innovation was used to raise worker productivity.

    • C. 

      By becoming a closed society, the Soviet Union hid many weaknesses from the world.

    • D. 

      There was incentive to conserve natural resources.

  • 38. 
    In the 700s and 800s A.D., the great center of learning of Bukhoro (Bukhara) benefited from its location on
    • A. 

      An Interstate highway

    • B. 

      The Volga River

    • C. 

      The ocean

    • D. 

      The Great Silk Road

  • 39. 
    In 1988 Gorbachev began reforming agriculture in the Soviet Union by
    • A. 

      Instituting American-style agribusiness

    • B. 

      Setting up Chinese-style communes

    • C. 

      Permitting individuals and cooperatives to lease land

    • D. 

      Increasing the number of collective farms

  • 40. 
    The South Caucasus country that will probably become a major oil producer for the world is
    • A. 

      Georgia

    • B. 

      Armenia

    • C. 

      Osstia

    • D. 

      Azerbaijan

  • 41. 
    The river routeway that brought the Vikings (Varangians) to Russia was the
    • A. 

      The Yenessey

    • B. 

      The Dnieper

    • C. 

      The Ob

    • D. 

      The Volga

  • 42. 
    Many of the ethnic conflicts in Central Asia are the result of Soviet policies.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 43. 
    Climates that are far from major bodies of water are affected by _____________.
  • 44. 
    Massacres of Armenians were carried out in the late 1800s and early 1900s by
    • A. 

      the Soviet government

    • B. 

      The Ottoman government

    • C. 

      The Assyrian empire

    • D. 

      The Roman empire

  • 45. 
    In what year did the Slavic countries become independent?
    • A. 

      1990

    • B. 

      1994

    • C. 

      1991

    • D. 

      1996

  • 46. 
    An autonomous Armenian territory within Azerbaijan is?
  • 47. 
    Lenis formed the Soviet Union in what year?
    • A. 

      1922

    • B. 

      1919

    • C. 

      1921

    • D. 

      1924

  • 48. 
    Which mountain range blocks the artic air from Georgia & Azer so it is warmer in those places?
    • A. 

      Ural Mountains

    • B. 

      Siberian Mnts

    • C. 

      Caucasus Mnts

    • D. 

      Russian Mnts