Russian Quiz
 


Test your general knowledge with our 50 question Russian quiz.

1. Which book famously begins with the line “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
War and Peace.
The Idiot
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
2. A 'dacha' is a:
City on the black sea
Holiday house
Type of fish
A breed of Russian dog
3. Which classic Russian film is set on New Year’s Eve in which the main character mistakes an apartment in Leningrad for his own apartment in Moscow?
House of Fools
The Diamond Arm
The Irony of Fate, or "Enjoy Your Bath"
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears
4. Who was the first leader of the USSR.
Joseph Stalin
Boris Yeltsin
Mikhail Gorbachev
Vladimir Lenin
5. The Russian word "блин" best translates to:
sausage
pancake
pie
fish
6. In what year did Yuri Gagarin become the first man in space?
1956
1961
1964
1969
7. The city of Kazan is in which Russian republic?
Udmurtia
Altai
Tatarstan
Dagestan
8. In pairs figure skating Russia or Soviet Union has won gold at the Winter Olympics every year since:
1964
1968
1976
1984
9. Which Russian leader founded St Petersburg, and moved the Russian capital there?
Catherine the Great
Nicholas II
Vladimir Lenin
Peter the Great
10. How many Russian cities have a population of more than 1 million people? (2002 Census)
2
5
13
19
11. Who is considered the greatest Russian poet?
Anna Pavlova
Alexander Pushkin
Garry Kasparov
Andrei Tarkovsky
12. After Russian, what is the second most spoken language in Russia?
German
Chinese
Belarusian
Tartar
13. Which lake is the largest lake in Russia, the world’s deepest, containing one fifth of the world's fresh surface water?
Lake Baikal
Lake Ladoga
Lake Onega
Lake Sochi
14. What is the highest mountain in Russia?
Mount Elbrus
Ural Mountain
Mount Kamchatka
Mount Everest
15. Which body of water can not be found on Russia’s coastline
Arctic Ocean
Pacific Ocean
Indian Ocean
Black Sea
16. Oymyakon is considered the coldest town in the world, what is the lowest temperature recorded?
−71.2C (−96.2F)
−103.0C (−153.4F)
−60.2C (−76.4F)
−40.1C (−40F)
17. Containing over 1.4 million people, what is the most populated city in Siberia?
Irkutsk
Krasnoyarsk
Novosibirsk
Omsk
18. All the train routes below are single continuous rail services that travel via the Trans-Siberian Railway, but which is the world’s longest (11,085 km, 6,888 mi)?
Moscow - Vladivostok
Moscow - Beijing
Moscow - Pyongyang
Kiev – Vladivostok
19. Following Vladimir Putin, who became the president of Russia in 2008?
Gennady Zyuganov
Dmitriy Medvedev
Nikolai Gogol
Anton Chekhov
20. Russia is estimated to have some 86,200 km of railway. Approximately how much is electrified?
4,300 km
25,300 km
40,300 km
70,300 km
21. Of the following Russian Tsars, who was the earliest ruler?
Peter I (the Great)
Nicholas II
Catherine II (the Great)
Ivan IV (the Terrible)
22. The Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg houses approximately how many works of art?
300,000
700,000
1 million
3 million
23. What is the current name of the city formally known as Stalingrad?
Volgograd
St. Petersburg
Kiev
Novgorod
24. The Russian word "собака" best translates to:
Dog
Cat
Pig
Elephant
25. Which is most common in Russia?
Males
Females
Bears
Tigers
26. Which of the following Russian cities does not have an underground metro system?
St Petersburg
Irkutsk
Nizhny Novgorod
Yekaterinburg
27. In what year did Napoleon capture the evacuated city of Moscow, only to retreat weeks later?
1788
1805
1812
1943
28. When did the Russian revolution take place, bringing Bolshevik forces to power?
1905
1917
1922
1945
29. Which county does not share a border with Russia?
Belarus
Norway
Mongolia
Sweden
30. The army of the Soviet Union was known as:
The Red Army
The White Army
The Blue Army
The Third Reich
31. How many letters are in the Russian alphabet?
26
30
32
33
32. The Russian word "спортсменка" best translates to
Sportswoman
Sportsman
Sport team
Sports ball
33 Which Russian aircraft company designed the supersonic strategic bomber. Designated ‘blackjack’ by NATO, but the ‘white swan’ by Russian pilots?
Sukhoi
Tupolev
Mikoyan
Yakovlev
34. Which city will host the 2014 Winter Olympics?
Moscow
Yekaterinburg
Perm
Sochi
35 Which year did Moscow host the Summer Olympics
1972
1980
1984
1988
36. In which city did Mikhail Kalashnikov design the famous AK-47 assault rifle, the city where he still lives, and the rifle is still manufactured?
Izhevsk
Perm
Moscow
Vladivostok
37 Considered one of the greatest chess players of all time, at age 22 in 1985, which Russian became the youngest ever world chess champion?
Mikhail Gorbachev
Maxim Gorky
Garry Kasparov
Bobby Fischer
38 The rouble is divided into 100:
Roubla
Kopek
Pyatak
Cents
39. Which Russian bank note features a picture of the Bolshoi Theatre?
10 rouble note
50 rouble note
100 rouble note
500 rouble note
40. At it’s peak, the Soviet Union’s nuclear weapons arsenal is estimated to contain how many nuclear warheads?
10,000
16,000
45,000
80,000
41 Which two tools where featured on the flag of the soviet union?
Hammer and axe.
Hammer and sickle.
Axe and sickle.
Cordless drill and circular saw.
42 Considered the border between Europe and Asia, which mountains run north-south across western Russia?
Caucasus Mountains
Ural Mountains
Altay Mountains
Baikal Mountains
43 Which is one of the main ingredients in the Russian borshch?
Beetroot
Pumpkin
Fish
Vodka
44 The Russian word "чашка" best translates to:
Chocolate
Water
Plate
Cup
45 Who is the author of the modern Russian sci-fi/fantasy book "Nightwatch", which has is now a feature film?
Anton Gorodetsky
Sergei Lukyanenko
Boris Ignatievich
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
46. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a famous...
Poet
General
Gymnast
Composer
47 The most powerful nuclear weapon ever tested was tested in the atmosphere by the Soviet Union in 1961. It was capable of 100 megaton explosion, but its power was deliberately reduced to 50 megaton to reduce nuclear fall-out. At this power it was well over 3000 times more powerful than the bomb that hit Hiroshima in 1945. Where was it tested?
Eastern Siberia
Belarus
Central Kazakstan
Novaya Zemlya archipelago (off the northern coast of Russia)
48 A Russian banya is a type of:
Sauna
Dessert
Chocolate
Alcoholic Cocktail
49 Who wrote War and Peace?
Alexander Pushkin
Nikolai Gogol
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Leo Tolstoy
50. Russia is the world’s largest country. How large is Russia?
700 thousand sq km
7 million sq km
17 million sq km
117 million sq km