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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Orwell call a KGB type organization?
(a) The Ministry of Truth.
(b) The Ministry of Public Control.
(c) The Ministry of Propaganda.
(d) The Ministry of Love.

2. What did Mikhail Leontyev, who studied economics at Plekhanov Institute, do to avoid working for the regime?
(a) Restored old Russian furniture.
(b) Wrote books.
(c) Became an auto mechanic.
(d) Worked on a collective.

3. How did some miners get to their work stations in Sinegorsk?
(a) Down twisting, dangerous steps.
(b) Sliding and creeping along stone.
(c) On elevators.
(d) Down broad stairwells.

4. How long after Gorbachev's 1989 visit to Berlin did the Berlin wall collapse?
(a) 60 days.
(b) A month.
(c) One year.
(d) Four weeks.

5. Which Russian author wrote about Sakhalin Island?
(a) Solzhenitsyn.
(b) Pushkin.
(c) Tolstoy.
(d) Chekhov.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much was a million Russian rubles worth on the open market in the late 1980s?

2. Who did the people elect as president in June 1991?

3. Where did Men teach courses on religion?

4. Who started what was billed as the first independent newspaper in the Soviet Union?

5. When did Sakharov die?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were three omens that occurred in September 1990?

2. Who was Miss KGB?

3. How did Yeltsin's appeal to the people for resistance to the coup get published in Izvestia?

4. Why did Yakovlev say that rehabilitation was an act of repentance?

5. Why would it be difficult for the hard-liners to chart a new historical orthodoxy?

6. When did healers, mystics, and "holy fools" usually come to prominence?

7. Why did Ilya Zaslavsky hobble to the podium at the Congress the day after Sakharov's death?

8. Describe Shcharansky's celebration of Hanukkah in Perm-35.

9. Why, for the young, was the West their dream?

10. Why during World War II did Aleksandr Yakovlev survive after being wounded?

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