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SOL Quiz 24 Russia
1. The great grassland of Russia that stretches eastward into Asia is called the a. steppes b. taiga c. tundra d. Caspian The tundra is the area in the arctic whose permanently frozen soil contains little plant life. The taiga is the area of forests south of the tundra. The Caspian is a large inland sea in central Russia. The grassland of Russia is called the steppes.
2. The center of Russian civilization in the 9 th and 10 th centuries was a. St. Petersburg b. Novgorod c. Kiev d. Moscow The city of Kiev was founded on the Dnieper River in what is now the southern Ukraine by Vikings from Scandinavia. Kiev extended its holdings to become the leading Russian state, controlling the region from the Baltic Sea almost to the Black Sea.
3. To which religion were the Russians converted in the 10 th century? a. Roman Christianity b. Judaism c. Islam d. Orthodox Christianity The Russians were converted to Orthodox Christianity in the 10 th century during the reign of Vladimir the Great. He ruled Kiev from 972 to 1015. The Russians eventually formed their own national church called the Russian Orthodox Church.
4. What name did the princes of Moscow take for themselves? a. khan b. czar c. patriarch d. pharaoh Khan is the title taken by Mongol and Turkish rulers. Patriarch is the name given to the leader of the Orthodox Church. Pharaoh was the name of kings in ancient Egypt. The princes of Moscow took the name of czar. The first prince to do so was Ivan III "the Great" who created the state of Muscovy and ruled it from 1462 to 1505.
5. Ivan III is known as "the father of Russian absolutism" because he a. freed the peasants from serfdom b. created a government with few checks on his power c. shared power with the boyars or nobles d. freed the Orthodox Church from government control Ivan III is known as "the father of Russian absolutism" because he created a government with few checks on his power. Ivan took the lands of those princes and boyars who opposed his power. He gave the loyal princes and nobles increased authority over their peasants. Peasants were forbidden from leaving their land they became serfs of their landlords.