Rise & Fall Of The Soviet Union Test 1

40 Questions | Total Attempts: 114

SettingsSettingsSettings
State 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

  • 11. 
    The Rapallo Treaty of 1922 marked the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Soviet Republic and
    • A. 

      Germany

    • B. 

      The United States

    • C. 

      Japan

    • D. 

      Great Britain

  • 12. 
    Throughout the Soviet era, the most powerful body within the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) was the
    • A. 

      Orgburo

    • B. 

      Central Committee

    • C. 

      Politburo

    • D. 

      Supreme Soviet

  • 13. 
    The reign of Alexander III (1881-1894) can be most accurately characterized as
    • A. 

      A period of cautions reform whose slow pace further angered revolutionaries

    • B. 

      Economic stagnation caused by the retrenchment of industrial capabilities

    • C. 

      A harsh police state designed to re-establish autocracy

    • D. 

      A country preoccupied with foreign wars to the neglect of domestic issues

  • 14. 
    The short-term effect of the 1967 Six-Day War on Soviet foreign relations was
    • A. 

      Arab skepticism of Soviet resolve

    • B. 

      Improved diplomatic relations with Israel

    • C. 

      Increased Soviet involvement in building the Arab militaries

    • D. 

      A strengthening of cooperation with the West

  • 15. 
    Which of the following was NOT an idea that was characteristic of the changing landmarks movement of the 1920s? The
    • A. 

      Bolsheviks were the embodiment of the Russian spirit and would achieve the ultimate stability of the nation

    • B. 

      Revolution had been halted by the Soviet government, which was proceeding to carry out programs

    • C. 

      Evolution from radicalism to empire would proceed as it had after the French revolution

    • D. 

      Russian revolution was fundamentally a nationalist revolution with Slavic roots

  • 16. 
    The USSR's quota-driven command economy was in operation to some degree from the year ___ to the fall of the Soviet Union.
    • A. 

      1918

    • B. 

      1921

    • C. 

      1929

    • D. 

      1934

  • 17. 
    Among the factors that permitted the Bolsheviks' relatively bloodless takeover of the Winter Palace in the fall of 1917, the most significant was
    • A. 

      Their appeal to the peasantry

    • B. 

      The lack of resistance from from the military

    • C. 

      Their ability to appease the landed aristocracy

    • D. 

      The brilliance of Lenin and Trotsky

  • 18. 
    The 1961 Vienna meetings between Kennedy and Krushchev were forced primarily on the issue of
    • A. 

      The Cuban missile crisis

    • B. 

      Nuclear arms reduction in general

    • C. 

      Communist China's world role

    • D. 

      Germany and Berlin

  • 19. 
    The primary focus of Stalin's first Five-Year Plan was
    • A. 

      An increase in labor productivity

    • B. 

      The qualitative improvement of goods

    • C. 

      The integration of peasants into urban population structures

    • D. 

      An increase in output totals

  • 20. 
    Each of the following was an issue that received significant attention at the 1967 Glassboro Summit between Lyndon Johnson and Premier Kosygin EXCEPT
    • A. 

      The Middle East

    • B. 

      Nuclear nonproliferation

    • C. 

      Germany and Berlin

    • D. 

      Vietnam

  • 21. 
    What was the term used for senior members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union who held the most important positions in the government and who received substantial material benefits in return for their loyalty?
    • A. 

      Mensheviks

    • B. 

      Apparatchiks

    • C. 

      Procurators

    • D. 

      The Communist Bourgeoisie

  • 22. 
    Russia's great 19th-century southern trade had its foundation in
    • A. 

      St. Petersburg

    • B. 

      The rail lines breaching out of Irkutsk

    • C. 

      The Black Sea port of Odessa

    • D. 

      Astrakhan, at the delta of the Volga River

  • 23. 
    Under the 12th Five-Year Plan, launched in 1985, economic growth was to be accomplished chiefly by
    • A. 

      Greater foreign investment

    • B. 

      Greater productivity and higher technology

    • C. 

      Revenues from steel and arms exports

    • D. 

      Increased employment in the defense sector

  • 24. 
    The ___ represented the first -- and last -- collaboration between the Soviet government and members of the intelligentsia?
    • A. 

      All-Russia Famine Relief Committee

    • B. 

      Council of People's Commissars

    • C. 

      Volunteer Army

    • D. 

      Central Executive Committee

  • 25. 
    At the Potsdam conference of 1945, United States President Truman was not as conciliatory toward Stalin as his predecessor, Roosevelt, had been. The main reason for this was that
    • A. 

      Truman was generally a more forceful personality than Roosevelt

    • B. 

      The new British Prime Minister, Clement Attlee, was urging Truman to exclude the Soviets from the war effort against Japan

    • C. 

      Truman knew the atomic bomb had been developed

    • D. 

      Stalin's designs on Eastern Europe had been made clearer

Back to Top Back to top