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History of Russia Quiz

Name these facts from Russian history.
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First submittedJune 30, 2014
Last updatedDecember 26, 2016
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Peninsula seized in 2014
Crimea
Country invaded in 2008
Georgia
De-facto leader since 2000
Vladimir Putin
First democratically-elected President
Boris Yeltsin
Country invaded in 1979
Afghanistan
Satellite that launched the space race
Sputnik
Pact between the USSR and
its allies in 1955
Warsaw Pact
Dictator who killed millions
but won WWII
Joseph Stalin
Siberian prison system during the
reign of the above
Gulag
First communist leader
V.I. Lenin
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Answer
Communist faction that seized
power in 1917
Bolshevik
Last tsarist dynasty
Romanov
Author of "War & Peace"
Leo Tolstoy
Group that was liberated in 1861
Serfs
Conqueror who invaded
Russia in 1812
Napoleon
"Great" female empress
Catherine the Great
Tsar who moved the capital
Peter the Great
First tsar
Ivan the Terrible
Group that conquered Russia
in the 1200's
Mongols
Ancient fortified area of Moscow
Kremlin
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level 83
Jul 17, 2014
Almost missed the First Tsar question because I recently learned that the first person ever to have the title was Simeon I of Bulgaria, and the last person ever to bear the title is Simeon II of Bulgaria.
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level 49
Aug 6, 2014
It's the same as asking for the first king of England, and you saying there had been an earlier king in another country. True but irrevelent.
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level 83
Feb 27, 2015
I don't disagree with you. Just funny how the mind gets stuck on something sometimes, and takes a while to get past.
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level 39
Sep 18, 2016
I believe what he actually means is the first tsar of russia as a whole country. By all means there have been tsars before ivan the terrible, nevertheless their title was tsar of moscow, not russia.
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level 56
Aug 9, 2017
Before Ivan the Terrible, the title of the ruler was Grand Prince of Moscow - Moscow was a Grand Duchy. Ivan was the first monarch with the specific title of Tsar, which he adopted in 1547, 13 years after his reign started.
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level 54
Aug 6, 2014
It's kind of an exaggeration to say that Stalin won World War II.
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level 34
Aug 29, 2016
Stalin won WW2 just as much as Churchill or Roosevelt. Without the USSR then the Allies wouldn't have stood a chance. Maybe with Trotsky or another leader then the USSR might have looked different, maybe less industrialised or with a smaller military. It might not have stood up to Germany. This is all speculation, but if you did have to pin down the "Winner of WW2" one one man, ridiculous as that would be, Stalin would be a good contender.
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level 67
Aug 9, 2017
The Soviets were far more instrumental in defeating the Germans than the Brits, Americans, or any of the other Allies.
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level 65
Sep 12, 2017
Compare the positions of the countries at the beginning and at the end of the WWII. Who gained the most? USSR and USA. So Stalin definitely has won the WWII
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level 22
Aug 6, 2014
6/20... Terrible, even for an Australian.
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level 79
Aug 7, 2014
Thanks for giving us Tolstoy instead of Dostoyevsky (Dostoevsky) for a famous Russian author....much easier to spell!
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level 76
Oct 12, 2015
or Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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level 76
Aug 9, 2017
Thanks to him for giving me gulag - amazing book.
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level 67
Aug 9, 2017
I went to Cavendish, Vermont a few years ago (since I was more or less in the neighbourhood), just out of curiosity, to see where Solzhenitsyn had spent nearly two decades in exile. When I went to the gas station to check if there was anything to see, my query caused a bit of a stir, highlighted (for me) by the question: "You mean that Russian guy?" The next day I was at the library in Keene, New York - built in the year before Gorky wrote his most famous novel (Mother) while staying in the tiny community. I asked the librarian if there was anything commemorating his time there. The librarian had never heard of him but did ask if I had checked the shelves under "G".
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level 49
Aug 8, 2014
A great quiz, and something a bit different. Thank you very much
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level 35
Aug 13, 2014
Some of these questions show a strong political slant. Reading news from non-American sources would help with inaccurate words like "seized" and "invaded."
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level 77
Aug 17, 2014
You mean reading news from Russian propaganda mills? What would you call what happened in Georgia? They were just coming to pay a neighborly visit? In tanks? The Russian air force were dropping fruit baskets on Tbilisi and it was only the biased American media that reported it was bombs?
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level 55
Jul 20, 2016
I notice you didn't complain about it saying Stalin won WWII though, which is quite slanted toward the Soviet side ;)
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level 55
Jul 20, 2016
Also, propaganda is propaganda, positive or negative, regardless of what country it comes from. And let's be honest here, no country's media is entirely unbiased.
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level 68
Aug 9, 2017
You would prefer "liberated by Russian soldiers who all independently chose to vacation in Crimea that summer," maybe?
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level 64
Dec 16, 2018
While I also see the strong political slant, I argue that "invaded" is technically correct even when Russia was in a defensive war against Georgia. Just like Americans and Russians invaded Germany in 1945, but nobody claims that USA started WW2, right? Invaded is a neutral term.
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level 77
Feb 16, 2019
true. Though calling any of these invasions defensive wars is silly. Russia-proper was never threatened at all during the 2008 conflict, and the Russian separatists in South Ossetia (Georgia) provoked the Georgian response.
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level 50
Jan 31, 2015
Good one, but still think there should be some more truth in it. Looks like the history of Russia is only "invading" and "seizing" someone. I wonder how would we describe the American history then, in their police of "America to Americans". And I didn't even mention The UK...
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level 65
Aug 31, 2015
Every empire history is about invading and seizing. That is how empires are being built.
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level 57
Aug 9, 2017
Russia has been built on assertion of power via invasions. It's not anti-Russian; it's just the truth. Even today, Putin uses invasions to divide countries that are straying too far to the West to keep them in his sphere of influence (see Georgia and Ukraine). While the US is imperialistic in its own right, it's invasions are less about hegemony.
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level 49
Aug 9, 2017
Or the stupid Italians, invading Abyssinia?
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level 34
Aug 29, 2016
The Serfs were hardly liberated. They may have called it that at the time, but they were pretty much still slaves up to the Revolution. A matter of opinion of course.
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level 49
Aug 9, 2017
Then, after the revolution, they became the people Stalin starved.
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level 79
Sep 28, 2016
I found this quiz to be a bit Russian-centric. Please amend to cater to the American audience...:)
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level 43
Dec 5, 2016
Why don't accept 'peasants'?
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level 49
Aug 9, 2017
I accept people as they are, rich and poor alike.
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level 59
Aug 25, 2018
I don't believe all serfs were poor, and it's asking for the official name anyway
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level 33
Aug 9, 2017
I think Reds/Red Army should also work for "Communist faction that seized power in 1917" You can check here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolsheviks
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level 59
Aug 10, 2017
The Red Army didn't exist until after the October Revolution.
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level 76
Aug 9, 2017
For gulag would you accept Glavnoye Upravleniye ispravitelno-trudovyh Lagerey? (Just kidding, but saw that on Wikipedia while looking up Solzhinetsyn, and I'd forgotten the word gulag is a Russian acronym.)
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level 49
Aug 9, 2017
I tried terfs and turfs... I feel stupid =(
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level 77
Aug 9, 2017
Easy to confuse, especially if you'd just had a Surf 'n' Turf dinner.
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level 55
Aug 10, 2017
I tried smerf and smurfs.
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level 67
Aug 10, 2017
Apparently the original title for War and Peace was "War, What is it Good For?"
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level 14
Dec 2, 2017
Hunt for Red October=Communist Propaganda
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level 73
Jan 26, 2018
Could you accept "bolchevik" for us French-speaking quizzers?
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level 67
Aug 25, 2018
Poor phrasing "Conqueror who invaded Russia in 1812" Napoleon was not a 'conqueror' but an 'invader'.
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level 79
Aug 27, 2018
Just because he couldn't conquer Russia doesn't mean he was not a conqueror. Ask the Holy Roman Empire.
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level 77
Feb 16, 2019
Exactly. He was an extremely successful conqueror. That only changed when he tried and failed to conquer Russia.
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level 86
Aug 27, 2018
Romanoff should be accepeted for Romanov