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History of the Soviet Union DANTES Practice Test
1) Under the guise of the Warsaw Pact, the Soviet Union intervened militarily in
__________ when these countries tried to oppose Soviet rule.
A) Hungary and Czechoslovakia
D) Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania
The correct answer is A:) Hungary and Czechoslovakia. The Soviets crushed the uprising
and caused numerous civilian casualties.
2) The proxy war between the United States and communist __________ would become
very unpopular among the American public.
The correct answer is B:) Vietnam. The American public disapproved of the war and
returning veterans faced rejection by the American people.
3) __________, the communist leader of China, at first seemed to benefit from Soviet
support after World War II.
A) Adolf Hitler
B) Mao Zedong
C) Chang Kai-shek
D) Deng Xiaoping
The correct answer is B:) Mao Zedong. While Mao would at first receive aid from the
Soviet Union, a rift would later develop between the Soviet Union and Red China.
4) The __________ presented Lenin's view on how the Bolsheviks should proceed
with a secondary revolution.
A) April Theses
B) Ninety-five Theses
D) October Manifesto
The correct answer is A:) April Theses. This work inspired his followers to take action
to defeat the provisional government through strategic placement of socialist leaders
and systematic use of propaganda.
5) The time from Alexander II's assassination until 1905 could best be described as
The correct answer is D:) Russification. In reaction to the more liberal Tsar Alexander
II, the tsars that came after him reversed course and tried to homogenize the diverse nation
through mandatory Russian language instruction and oppression of smaller ethnic
6) The Bolshevik Revolution occurred on __________ under the old calendar or
__________ under the new calendar.
A) March 2, 1917, March 15, 1917
B) May 11, 1917, May 24, 1917
C) October 25, 1917, November 7, 1917
D) June 10, 1918, July 8, 1918
The correct answer is C:) October 25, 1917, November 7, 1917.
7) The kulaks were independent farmers, but __________ were the collectively
owned farming associations that were favored under Stalin.
The correct answer is B:) Kolkhozy. Where kolkhozy indicated communal ownership,
sovkhozy indicated state ownership.
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