Tutorial Questions: Weeks 11-15
Russian 2304

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Tutorial Three

Who was the founder of Rayonism?

Painting Identification:  What are the following paintings called and who painted them?

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2. Mikhail Larionov's "Soldier in the Woods"  Click here to view  

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4. Natalya Goncharova's "The Cyclist"  Click here to view   

5. Kazemir Malevich's "The Knife Grinder"  Click here to view  

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What happened at the opening of The Rite of Spring?

Who wrote the music for The Rite of Spring?

Who was the founder and producer of the Ballets Russes?

Who were the most famous dancers in early 20th Century Russian Ballet?

Name three works by Igor Stravinsky.

What famous Moscow theater was founded by Konstantin Stanislavsky and Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko?

Name four plays that premiered at the Moscow Art Theater between its founding and 1910.

What writer wrote plays which were especially well-suited for the Moscow Art Theater's concept and style of drama?

What editing technique is Sergei Eisenstein famous for?

Name three Eisenstein films.

What was Stalin's nationality?

What was the GULAG?

What was a kulak?

In what year did Stalin die?

What happened in 1932-1933 as a result of the collectivization campaign in Ukraine?

Whose novel, Mother, is considered the prototype for socialist realism in literature?

Define "socialist realism"? How did the theory of "socialist realism" relate to its application in art and as a political tool?

How did the Soviet Union fare in the beginning of World War Two?

What do Russians call World War Two?

What major Russian city was held under siege for about 900 days during World War II?

What city on the Volga river was the site of a major Russian victory in World War II?

In what Soviet city did Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin meet in February of 1945 to discuss the post-war future of Europe?

What Soviet leader is most closely associated with the "thaw"?

What was the name of the first artificial satellite to successfully orbit the Earth?

Who was the first man in space?

What Soviet leader is most closely associated with the "period of stagnation"?

What physicist and champion of human rights was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1975?

Who were the leaders (click for first or next) of the Soviet Union between Brezhnev and Gorbachev?

What Solzhenitsyn novel about a day in the life of a prisoner in the GULAG was published in Novyi Mir in 1962?

Name the five Russian writers who won the Nobel Prize for literature.

What is the subject matter of Yevtushenko's "Babi Yar"?

With what artist did Nikita Khrushchev have a confrontation at an art exhibit at Manezh Square?

Whose trial for "parasitism" in 1964 signalled the end of the "thaw"?

Define samizdat.

Define tamizdat.

Who was the editor of Novyi Mir throughout most of the Fifties and Sixties?

What were some of the contributions to Russian literary culture made by Novyi Mir?

Why were Andrei Sinyavskii and Yuli Daniel put on trial in 1966?

Name three of Russia's leading "guitar poets" or "bards."

What was Vladimir Vysotsky's job when he was not singing or writing verse?

What are some of the themes contained in Vysotsky's songs?

What was remarkable about Vysotsky's funeral?

How was Vysotsky's music distributed throughout the USSR in his lifetime?

What nation was invaded by the USSR in 1979?

Who was the leader of the Soviet Union from 1985 until the year it broke up?

What two Russian words (word 1, word 2) entered the English language as the names of two of Gorbachev's political policies?  What is the meaning of these words?

In what year did the USSR break up?

Who was the first president of post-Soviet Russia?

Who was the president of Russia from 2008 to 2012?

Who is the current president of Russia?

What occurred in October of 1993?

Who is the artist who created the monument to Peter the Great in Moscow?

Name three contemporary (currently living) Russian writers.

What is chernukha?

You will be expected to know who wrote the following literary works:

  • "Poor Liza"
  • "The Queen of Spades"
  • Eugene Onegin
  • "The Bronze Horsemen"
  • The Captain's Daughter
  • Dead Souls
  • The Inspector General
  • "The Overcoat"
  • Oblomov
  • Fathers and Sons
  • War and Peace
  • Anna Karenina
  • Crime and Punishment
  • The Brothers Karamazov
  • The Cherry Orchard
  • Uncle Vanya
  • Petersburg
  • "The Twelve"
  • "The Stranger"
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

You will be expected to know which composer penned the following musical works:

  • A Life for the Tsar
  • Ruslan and Liudmila
  • Eugene Onegin
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Swan Lake
  • Boris Godunov
  • "A Night on Bald Mountain"
  • Prince Igor
  • Sheherazade
  • "Flight of the Bumblebee"
  • The Firebird

You will be expected to know the names of these paintings, as well as who painted them.

You will be expected to be able to answer the following questions (correctly):

To which language family does Russian belong?

For what are Boris and Gleb known?

Who led the Russian forces in the defeat the Livonian Order in Northern Russia in 1242?

What happened between Ivan the Terrible and his son in 1581?

Who is the bogatyr (hero) who defeats Nightingale the Robber?

What old believer Arch-Priest wrote his own "life"?  What is so interesting about this work from the perspective of the history of Russian literature?

In the mouth of what river is St. Petersburg located?

Who was Russia's first great scientist?

In what year did Napoleon's army invade Russia?

What major event in Russian history occurred in December of 1825?  Why didn't Pushkin participate in this event?

What event in Russian history serves as the setting for War and Peace?

What was Dostoevsky's original sentence after his arrest? How was this sentence changed?

In what year were the serfs emancipated?

What Tsar was assassinated  in 1881?

What two schools of thought about Russia's future and role in the world were opposed to one another throughout most of the 19th century?

Name the two genres (or types of writing) in which Chekhov was the most active and influential.

Who was the first leader of the Soviet Union?

Essay Topic:

The final will include an essay.  In this essay you will be asked to trace the development of any one aspect of Russian culture from the earliest days of Kievan Rus' to the present.  You could discuss, for example, religion, politics, military might, literature, music, or art. What about this aspect of Russian culture is similar to its counterpart in American culture or in other cultures with which you are familiar? What are some specifically Russian elements and what makes them specifically Russian?

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