What's your Stalin-era K.Q. (Knowledge Quotient)?
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What's your Stalin-era K.Q. (Knowledge Quotient)?

How much do you know about the Stalin-era Soviet Union (1924-53)? There was forced collectivization and dekulakization (1929-32), Soviet Ukraine-Caucasus-Kazakh famine (1932-33), The Great Terror (1937-38), Soviet ethnic deportations (1920-51), and the Gulags. Regarding the Gulags: One careless comment could land you in the gulag for 10 or even 25 years. Such remarks could be called anti-Soviet agitation: ‘When will we get any grain?”, praising German equipment: “The Germans have more equipment”; praising American technology: "America has good roads"; divulging state secrets: harvest statistics, location of an airport; terrorist intent: "Just you wait" or "Drop dead"; suspicion of espionage; or counter-revolutionary thought. The accuser was always believed. About half of the political prisoners were sent to gulag prison camps without trial.

1. What now-independent country was Iósif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, better known as Josef Stalin, from?
2. For what profession did Stalin originally study?
3. In the Soviet Union, who could ask anyone to show their papers (internal passports)?
4. Who had access to the details of the law concerning political "crimes"?
5. What was the minimum age that someone could be arrested and sentenced to the gulag, including being sentenced to capital punishment?
6. Whenever a family was arrested,
7. What was the ear law?
8. Which of the following earned gulag sentences for the perpetrators?
9. 6,500,000 people were killed during dekulakization. What is a kulak?
10. Upon release, what usually happened to a gulag prisoner?
11. What monster personally killed tens of thousands, mainly in the Lubyanka Prison, but also 7,000 Polish officers in the Katyn Forest?
12. Who were the main victims of "The Great Terror"?
13. When he died (finally!) in 1953, Stalin was beginning another purge in the "Doctors' Plot". What large group of people was beginning to be targeted in this purge?
14. Please rank the following events, most people killed to "least". (The total Holocaust included all groups who were persecuted & killed by the Nazis: Jews, ethnic Poles, gypsies, Soviet civilians, Soviet prisoners of war, people with disabilities, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, and political and religious opponents. Ethnic groups deported within the Soviet Union included Koreans, Ingrian Finns, Volga Germans, Chechens, Ingush, Karachai, Balkars, Kalmyks, Kurds, Crimean Tatars, Caucasians, Greeks, Armenians, Poles, Romanians, Bulgarians, Lithuanians, Latvians, Estonians, Khemshins, and Meskhetian Turks.)