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Study Guide
Geography – Chapter 14-15
1. Joseph Stalin was the dictator of the Soviet Union in the late 1920s until after
World War II.
2. St. Petersburg is often called the “Venice of the North”.
3. Three fourths (3/4) of the Russian population lives in cities.
4. Siberia is holds Russia’s largest supply of minerals.
5. The Caspian Sea is a large body of salt water.
6. The United States and Russia were involved in the Cold War.
7. Uzbekistan is one of the world’s largest producers of cotton.
8. Forty percent of Russia’s land is permafrost.
9. A taiga is a huge, subarctic evergreen forest.
10. Alexander II is known as a Czar-Liberator who freed the serfs in 1861.
11. The tundra is a vast, rolling treeless plain north of the Arctic Circle.
12. Skazki are Russian stories passed down orally from generation to generation.
13. Russian workers are honored every year on May Day.
14. Today the political power of Russia is divided between national and state governments.
This is called a federal republic.
15. Russia is the world’s largest country.
16. The head of the Russian Orthodox Church is known as the patriarch.
17. Peter Tchaikovsky is the Russian composer who wrote The Nutcracker.
18. The population of Russia has grown less healthy because pollution has not been
addressed in that country.
19. The only Russian port that is ice-free year-round is Kaliningrad.
20. Kievan Rus is the first Russian civilization.
21. Russia is spread across two continents; Europe and Asia.
22. In 1991, Russia’s economy moved from communism to a free enterprise system.
Answer data based questions (DBQ) by using charts, graphs, paragraphs, and other data to
acquire information.
There is not an essay on this test.