Rise & Fall Of The Soviet Union Test 1

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Soviet Union Quizzes & Trivia

The Soviet Union was one of the world’s biggest and most powerful Nation in the world. The collapse of this union brought with it cheers and fears. This collapse led to the end of the cold war that had lasted for almost 44 years. Test your knowledge of this rise and fall by taking the quiz below.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Stalin's IMMEDIATE response to the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 was to
    • A. 

      Coordinate a secret counteroffensive through the Caucasus

    • B. 

      Go into seclusion for several days

    • C. 

      Appeal to the Allies for assistance

    • D. 

      Publicly rally the population around the socialist cause

  • 2. 
    The food crisis that existed when the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917 persisted for several years afterward, mostly because
    • A. 

      A widespread drought was killing off many Russian crops

    • B. 

      Surplus stores of grain were hoarded by thuggish overlords in rural areas

    • C. 

      Most Russian grain was being exported to support the expansion of Bolshevik power

    • D. 

      Peasants were given no incentive to produce under War Communism's requisition policies

  • 3. 
    In 1986, the Soviet Union and Japan had no working peace agreement because of
    • A. 

      Lingering tensions from the Soviet destruction of a commercial airliner just north of Japan

    • B. 

      The Soviet occupation of four northern Japanese islands since World War II

    • C. 

      The Japanese refusal to cede all of Sakhalin Island

    • D. 

      The lack of a formal treaty after the Russo-Japanese War

  • 4. 
    In 1926, a United Opposition was formed within the Communist Party. Against whom was this opposition united?
    • A. 

      Stalin

    • B. 

      Gorky

    • C. 

      Trotsky

    • D. 

      Zinoviev and Kamenev

  • 5. 
    Which of the following were principles adopted at the 1966 23rd Party Congress, led by Brezhnev and Kosygin? I. An economic program that emphasized defense production and heavy industry II. A relaxation of artistic and ideological controls III. An end to the discussion of human rights abuses that occurred under Stalin
    • A. 

      I, II

    • B. 

      II only

    • C. 

      II, III

    • D. 

      I, II, III

  • 6. 
    A large subdivision of a Soviet republic, comparable to a province, was known as a(n)
    • A. 

      Raion

    • B. 

      Balkan

    • C. 

      Soyuz

    • D. 

      Oblast

  • 7. 
    In the late nineteenth-century Russia, the commune system that was established after the emancipation of the peasantry proved to be relatively unproductive. The main reason for this was because the
    • A. 

      Majority of peasants did not have hereditary tenure and therefore had no interest in developing the land

    • B. 

      Nobles still controlled the flow of capital resources into the communes

    • C. 

      Population was increasing at a rate that could not be supported by family farming

    • D. 

      Political alliances among commune leaders were mostly corrupt and siphoned off much of the profits

  • 8. 
    Which of the following was the first country to accept Soviet gold in the period following the 1917 revolution?
    • A. 

      Japan

    • B. 

      Sweden

    • C. 

      Italy

    • D. 

      Norway

  • 9. 
    For what reason was Soviet secret police chief Lavrenti Beria tried and executed in 1953?
    • A. 

      Other Soviet leaders felt threatened by his power.

    • B. 

      He was a spy working for the British.

    • C. 

      He protested Krushchev's policy of de-Stalinization.

    • D. 

      He was one of the Jews implicated in the Doctors' Plot.

  • 10. 
    The New Economic Policy (NEP) declared by Lenin in 1921 was, first and formost, a(n) ___ policy.
    • A. 

      Investment

    • B. 

      Agrarian

    • C. 

      Industrial

    • D. 

      Social engineering

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