1.
Which of the following statements about Russia is correct?
A.
Russia's land area is smaller than the United States
B.
Russia is about twice the size of Canada in land area.
C.
Russia is about half the size of Canada in land area.
D.
Russia is much larger than India but has a population similar to India's.
E.
Russia is the second-largest country after Canada and has the world's second-largest population.


2.
Which of the following statements best describes Russia's physical environment?
A.
Most of Russia is too wet for many types of agriculture.
B.
Russian winters are long and bitterly cold, while summers are short.
C.
Russia has a climate that resembles the climate in the U.S. Southwest.
D.
Russian climate is greatly influenced by the ocean.
E.
Russia is quite flat with virtually no mountains except in the extreme north.


3.
Which Russian city, having several geographic advantages, was at the center of the great Russian Empire and first rose to prominence under the rule of Ivan the Terrible?
A.
St. Petersburg
B.
Odessa
C.
Tbilisi
D.
Moscow
E.
Vladivostok


4.
In the early years of communist Russia, the official policy toward the many non-Russian nationalities that had been part of the Czarist Russian Empire was:
A.
These nations were to be immediately given their own independent states whether they wanted them or not.
B.
Nations that expressed a desire for autonomy were guaranteed an independent state.
C.
The issue of independence for these nationalities never came up.
D.
Some more remote areas were to be given independence under a five-year plan if they could show they were ready for it.
E.
Despite rhetoric about self-determination, the communists were determined to keep control and make these nationalities a part of the USSR.


5.
Under communist control, which of the following statements about the Soviet economic framework are correct?
A.
Each Russian peasant was given a small plot of land as a result of the Czar's large land holdings being divided up.
B.
Agriculture was organized into huge state-run collectives, and private farms were taken away from farmers.
C.
Major industrial products were made everywhere to maximize efficiency.
D.
The Soviets focused their attention on agriculture and did little to develop manufacturing.
E.
The Soviets tried to stimulate manufacturing, but neglected to develop the energy and transportation sectors.
F.
Productivity rose rapidly in agriculture, but manufacturing remained stagnant.


6.
Which Russian leader combined 89 Regions, Republics, and other political entities into seven administrative units in the year 2000?
A.
Khrushchev
B.
Brezhnev
C.
Yeltsin
D.
Putin
E.
Gorbachev


7.
Which of the following statements best describes Russia's political geography?
A.
Russia has maintained a strong commitment to a unitary state system where centralized government holds all the power.
B.
Russia has eliminated all the internal political divisions that were in place during the communist era.
C.
Russia is now a dictatorship led by Boris Yeltsin.
D.
Russia has chosen to adopt a federal system of government to accommodate their great economic and cultural diversity.
E.
Russia has made great progress in establishing good relationships between Moscow and the distant Republics and Regions that remain part of Russia.


8.
Which of the following statements concerning the current changing social geographies of Russia is correct?
A.
Russia is struggling to feed its growing population.
B.
There is very little difference between male and female life expectancies in Russia.
C.
Males are more likely to be affected by alcoholism and related diseases.
D.
Deaths from alcohol poisoning are on the decline.
E.
Corruption that was widespread during communism has been largely eliminated in Russia.


9.
Which region of the Russian Core is the location of a vast storehouse of metallic mineral resources?
A.
The Urals Region
B.
The Chechnya Region
C.
The Volga Region
D.
The Central Industrial Region
E.
The Lake Baykal Region


10.
The former Soviet Socialist republics of Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan are located in Transcaucasia on Russia's southern periphery. Which two religious groups are embroiled in major conflicts in this region?
A.
Hindus and Muslims
B.
Buddhists and Hindus
C.
Christians and Muslims
D.
Christians and Jews
E.
Muslims and Jews



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