Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

David Remnick
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where did perestroika spin out of control in 1989?
(a) On the collectives.
(b) In the KGB.
(c) In the mines.
(d) In the Congress.

2. Who at the Central Committee's ideology office was behind the March 13 letter in Sovetskaya Rossiya?
(a) Andreyeva.
(b) Ligachev.
(c) Chikin.
(d) Denisov.

3. What made Remnick realize that the threats against the Jews in 1988 were serious?
(a) When the KGB threatened his wife.
(b) When he found a Y for Yid on his car door.
(c) When his apartment was broken into.
(d) When he heard that a cemetery had been vandalized.

4. How much would Remnick have been charged for a phone that had the capability to call abroad?
(a) $15.
(b) $10,000.
(c) $150.
(d) $20,000.

5. Why did Arnold Yeryomenko come to Moscow in June 1988?
(a) To meet with fellow Party leaders.
(b) To get a book published.
(c) To do an interview for a newspaper article.
(d) To attend the Nineteenth Party Conference.

6. What does Remnick compare Memorial to?
(a) Buchenwald Monument.
(b) Dachau Memorial.
(c) The Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.
(d) Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

7. When did Gorbachev take office?
(a) January 1985.
(b) December 1984.
(c) March 1986.
(d) March 1985.

8. What young socialist from Philadelphia came to the Soviet Union in 1932?
(a) George Bernard Shaw.
(b) John Scott.
(c) Thomas Davidson.
(d) Robert Eichelberger.

9. In Magnitogorsk, how much was sunlight was reduced by pollution?
(a) 50 percent.
(b) 25 percent.
(c) 40 percent.
(d) 10 percent.

10. In the 1989 elections, what percent of the 2,250 deputies were Party members?
(a) 50 percent.
(b) 25 percent.
(c) 80 percent.
(d) 95 percent.

11. When was the explosion of the first Soviet thermonuclear bomb?
(a) December 16, 1954.
(b) September 15, 1950.
(c) March 18, 1952.
(d) August 12, 1953.

12. How many years did Bukharian's wife spend in prison or exile?
(a) Fifteen years.
(b) Forty years.
(c) Thirty years.
(d) Twenty years.

13. What did Brezhnev want from the Uzbeks?
(a) Cotton.
(b) Water.
(c) Tobacco.
(d) Steel.

14. What did Gorbachev study at Moscow State University?
(a) Law.
(b) History.
(c) Theatre.
(d) Science.

15. What textbook did Stalin supervise and have fifty million copies published?
(a) Let History Judge.
(b) History of the Communist Party.
(c) Short Course.
(d) Determinist History.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Gorbachev deal with people like Sakharov who kept criticizing the congress?

2. How did Yeryomenko learn to speak excellent English?

3. How big was Remnick's Moscow apartment?

4. In 1989 when the people were to vote for the new Congress of People's Deputies, who wanted sovereignty?

5. How did the regime support itself under Brezhnev, Andropov, and Chernenko?

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