How Well You Really Know Russia? Quiz

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of the following Russian cities is farthest North? 

    • A.

      Moscow

    • B.

      St. Petersburg

    • C.

      Yekaterinburg

    • D.

      Magadan

    Correct Answer
    B. St. Petersburg
    Explanation
    St. Petersburg is the farthest North among the given Russian cities. It is located at a latitude of approximately 59.93 degrees north, making it more northern than Moscow, Yekaterinburg, and Magadan.

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  • 2. 

    Which city is farthest South?

    • A.

      Kerch, Ukraine

    • B.

      Feodosia, Ukraine

    • C.

      Simferopol, Ukraine

    • D.

      Pyatigorsk, Russia

    Correct Answer
    D. Pyatigorsk, Russia
    Explanation
    Pyatigorsk, Russia is the farthest south because it is located in Russia, which is further south than Ukraine. The other three cities mentioned are all located in Ukraine.

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  • 3. 

    Which of these rivers is the longest?

    • A.

      Dnieper

    • B.

      Don

    • C.

      Lena

    • D.

      Amur

    Correct Answer
    C. Lena
    Explanation
    Lena is the correct answer because it is the longest river among the given options. It stretches for about 4,400 kilometers and flows through Russia, Mongolia, and China. The Dnieper, Don, and Amur rivers are also significant, but they are not as long as the Lena.

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  • 4. 

    Which city has the largest population?

    • A.

      Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

    • B.

      Odessa, Ukraine

    • C.

      Novisibirsk, Russia

    • D.

      Volgograd, Russia

    Correct Answer
    C. Novisibirsk, Russia
    Explanation
    Novisibirsk, Russia has the largest population among the given cities.

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  • 5. 

    Which General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union served first?

    • A.

      Konstantin, Chernenko

    • B.

      Yuri Andropov

    • C.

      Mikhail Gorbachev

    Correct Answer
    B. Yuri Andropov
    Explanation
    Yuri Andropov served as the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union before Konstantin Chernenko and Mikhail Gorbachev.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following Tsars was assassinated?

    • A.

      Nicholas I

    • B.

      Alexander II

    • C.

      Peter the Great

    • D.

      Alexander iii

    Correct Answer
    B. Alexander II
    Explanation
    Alexander II was assassinated because he implemented several reforms during his reign, including the emancipation of serfs, which angered conservative factions. He also faced opposition from revolutionary groups who sought to overthrow the monarchy. In 1881, he was assassinated by a group of revolutionaries who detonated a bomb near his carriage. His assassination marked a turning point in Russian history and led to a period of increased repression under his successor, Alexander III.

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  • 7. 

    Which of these terms is a cossack leadership title?

    • A.

      Tsar

    • B.

      Vozhd

    • C.

      Hetman

    • D.

      General Secretary

    • E.

      Kuban

    Correct Answer
    C. Hetman
    Explanation
    Hetman is a cossack leadership title. The term "Hetman" refers to a military and political leader in the Cossack Hetmanate, a historical state in Ukraine. Hetmans were elected by the Cossack army and held significant authority over military and administrative matters. They played a crucial role in organizing and leading the Cossack troops. The other options, Tsar, Vozhd, General Secretary, and Kuban, do not specifically pertain to cossack leadership titles.

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  • 8. 

    Which of the following men was head of the NKVD (immediate predecessor to the KGB)?

    • A.

      Felix Dzhershinsky

    • B.

      Vyacheslav Molotov

    • C.

      Lavrenti Beria

    • D.

      Leon Trotsky

    Correct Answer
    C. Lavrenti Beria
    Explanation
    Lavrenti Beria was the head of the NKVD, the predecessor to the KGB. He held this position from 1938 until 1945. Beria was a prominent figure during Joseph Stalin's regime and was known for his role in the Great Purge and the Soviet atomic bomb project. He was later executed in 1953 after Stalin's death.

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  • 9. 

    What Politburo member was killed on December 1, 1934?

    • A.

      Nikolai Bukharin

    • B.

      Lev Kamenev

    • C.

      Grigori Zinoviev

    • D.

      Sergei Kirov

    Correct Answer
    D. Sergei Kirov
    Explanation
    Sergei Kirov was a Politburo member who was killed on December 1, 1934. His assassination is believed to have been orchestrated by Joseph Stalin, who used it as a pretext to launch the Great Purge, a campaign of political repression in the Soviet Union. Kirov's murder allowed Stalin to eliminate potential rivals and consolidate his power within the Communist Party.

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  • 10. 

    Which city contains the Lavra, an ancient Orthodox monastery of caves?

    • A.

      Moscow

    • B.

      St. Petersburg

    • C.

      Minsk

    • D.

      Kiev

    Correct Answer
    D. Kiev
    Explanation
    Kiev is the correct answer because it is the city that contains the Lavra, an ancient Orthodox monastery of caves. The Lavra is a historic and cultural landmark in Kiev, Ukraine, known for its underground caves and religious significance. It is one of the most important and oldest monasteries in Eastern Europe, attracting tourists and pilgrims from around the world.

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  • 11. 

    Which of these is the earliest name for the city now known as Volgograd?

    • A.

      Stalingrad

    • B.

      Tsaritsyn

    • C.

      Novgorod

    • D.

      Belgorod

    • E.

      East St. Louis

    Correct Answer
    B. Tsaritsyn
    Explanation
    Tsaritsyn is the correct answer because it was the earliest name for the city now known as Volgograd. The city was renamed multiple times throughout history, with Tsaritsyn being its name from 1589 until 1925, when it was changed to Stalingrad. It was later renamed Volgograd in 1961. Novgorod, Belgorod, and East St. Louis are not relevant to the history of Volgograd and are therefore incorrect options.

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  • 12. 

    What prominent former Soviet official was murdered in Mexico City?

    • A.

      Zinoviev

    • B.

      Kamenev

    • C.

      Bukharin

    • D.

      Trotsky

    Correct Answer
    D. Trotsky
    Explanation
    Leon Trotsky, a prominent former Soviet official, was indeed murdered in Mexico City. After being exiled from the Soviet Union, Trotsky settled in Mexico and continued to criticize the Soviet government. In 1940, he was assassinated by a Soviet agent who struck him with an ice axe. This act was ordered by Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union, who saw Trotsky as a threat to his power. Trotsky's murder remains a significant event in Soviet history and the history of political assassinations.

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  • 13. 

    In which of these cities can you most easily find horsemeat served?

    • A.

      Minsk

    • B.

      St. Petersburg

    • C.

      Vladivostok

    • D.

      Almaty

    Correct Answer
    D. Almaty
    Explanation
    Almaty is the correct answer because horsemeat is a traditional food in Kazakhstan, and Almaty is the largest city and former capital of Kazakhstan. It is known for its diverse culinary scene, including many restaurants that serve horsemeat dishes. St. Petersburg and Vladivostok are cities in Russia, where horsemeat consumption is less common. Minsk is the capital of Belarus, where horsemeat is also not commonly served.

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  • 14. 

    Which of these is a popular salad in FSU?

    • A.

      Kiev

    • B.

      Olivier

    • C.

      Rynok

    • D.

      Dvorak

    Correct Answer
    B. Olivier
    Explanation
    Olivier is a popular salad in the FSU (Former Soviet Union) region. It is a traditional Russian salad made with diced boiled potatoes, carrots, pickles, peas, and mayonnaise. It is often served during special occasions and celebrations. The salad is named after its creator, Lucien Olivier, a French chef who worked in Moscow in the 19th century. Olivier salad has become a staple dish in many countries that were part of the FSU, including Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.

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  • 15. 

    What is the name of the river that flows through the city once known as Petrograd?

    • A.

      Volga

    • B.

      Don

    • C.

      Dnieper

    • D.

      Neva

    Correct Answer
    D. Neva
    Explanation
    The Neva River is the correct answer because it flows through the city that was once known as Petrograd. Petrograd is the former name of the city of Saint Petersburg in Russia, and the Neva River is a prominent feature of the city, flowing through its center.

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  • 16. 

    Which of these is the commonly known name of the most-visited museum in St. Petersburg?

    • A.

      Academy of Fine Arts Museum

    • B.

      Imperial Art Museum

    • C.

      Hermitage

    • D.

      Pavel Nakimov Naval Museum

    Correct Answer
    C. Hermitage
    Explanation
    The commonly known name of the most-visited museum in St. Petersburg is the Hermitage.

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  • 17. 

    What fish is featured under a fur coat in this famous Russian dish?

    • A.

      Sturgeon

    • B.

      Trout

    • C.

      Sardines

    • D.

      Herring

    Correct Answer
    D. Herring
    Explanation
    Herring is the correct answer because it is the fish that is traditionally used in the famous Russian dish known as "under a fur coat." This dish, also known as "shuba," is a layered salad made with diced herring, potatoes, beets, carrots, onions, and mayonnaise. The herring provides a salty and savory flavor to the dish and is an essential ingredient in its preparation.

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  • 18. 

    What city was the capital of Russia in 1750?

    • A.

      Moscow

    • B.

      Novgorod

    • C.

      Yaroslavl

    • D.

      St. Petersburg

    Correct Answer
    D. St. Petersburg
    Explanation
    St. Petersburg was the capital of Russia in 1750. It was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and served as the capital until 1918. The city was strategically located on the Baltic Sea, allowing for easier access to Europe and trade routes. It became a symbol of Peter the Great's modernization efforts and was designed to rival the great European cities. St. Petersburg played a significant role in shaping Russian history and culture, and its status as the capital during the 18th century is a testament to its importance.

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  • 19. 

    Which 19th century Russian writer was killed in a duel in Pyatigorsk, Russia?

    • A.

      Pushkin

    • B.

      Lermontov

    • C.

      Chekhov

    • D.

      Dostoevsky

    Correct Answer
    B. Lermontov
    Explanation
    Lermontov, a 19th century Russian writer, was killed in a duel in Pyatigorsk, Russia.

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