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Moscow Trivia Quiz Questions

What is Moscow?
A: Moscow is the capital and most populous city of Russia.

Moscow the largest city (by area) on the what?
A: European continent.

Moscow is home to the Ostankino Tower, the tallest free-standing structure where?
A: In Europe.

Moscow is situated on what river?
A: The Moskva River.

Moscow is Europe's most populated what?
A: Inland city.

The city is well known for its what?
A: Its architecture, particularly its historic buildings such as Saint Basil's Cathedral.

Moscow is one of the greenest capitals and major cities in Europe and the world, having the largest “what” in an urban area within its borders?
A: Forest.


Moscow is a seat of power of the Government of Russia, being the site of the what?
A: The Moscow Kremlin, a medieval city-fortress that is today the residence for work of the President of Russia.

The Moscow Kremlin and Red Square are also one of several “what” in the city?
A: World Heritage Sites.

Moscow is considered the center of Russian what?
A: Culture, having served as the home of Russian artists, scientists, and sports figures and because of the presence of museums, academic and political institutions and theatres.

The city is served by a transit network, which includes how many international airports?
A: Four.

How many railway terminals does it have?
A: Nine.

Moscow Metro ranks where in size in the world?
A: It’s the fourth largest in the world and largest outside Asia in terms of passenger numbers, and the busiest in Europe.

It is recognized as one of the city's landmarks due to what?
A: Its rich architecture of its 222 stations.


The name of the city is thought to be derived from the name of what?
A: The Moskva River.

The oldest evidence of humans on the territory of Moscow dates from when?
A: The Neolithic Period.

In 1380, prince Dmitry Donskoy of Moscow led a united Russian army to an important victory over whom?
A: The Mongols in the Battle of Kulikovo.

Afterwards, Moscow took the leading role in liberating Russia from what?
A: Mongol domination.

In 1480, Ivan III had finally broken the Russians free from Tatar control, and Moscow became the capital of an empire that would eventually encompass what?
A: All of Russia and Siberia, and parts of many other lands.

In 1462 Ivan III, (1440–1505) became what?
A: The Grand Prince of Moscow (then part of the medieval Muscovy state).

He began fighting whom?
A: The Tatars, enlarged the territory of Muscovy, and enriched his capital city.


By 1500 it had a population of how many?
A: 100,000 and was one of the largest cities in the world.

When was the original Moscow Kremlin built?
A: During the 14th century.

It was reconstructed by Ivan, who in the 1480s invited architects from where?
A:  Renaissance Italy, such as Petrus Antonius Solarius, who designed the new Kremlin wall and its towers, and Marco Ruffo who designed the new palace for the prince.

The Kremlin walls as they now appear are those designed by Solarius, completed when?
A: In 1495.

The Kremlin's Great Bell Tower was built in 1505–08 and augmented to its present height in what year?
A: 1600.

What appeared in the time of Ivan III?
A: The Red Square, originally named the Hollow Field.

When was Saint Basil's Cathedral built?
A: In 1561.


The Crimean Tatars attacked again in 1591, but this time was held back by new defensive walls, built between 1584 and 1591 by whom? A: Fyodor Kon.

The Russian famine of 1601–03 killed how many people in Moscow?
A: Perhaps 100,000.

From 1610 through 1612, troops of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth occupied Moscow, as its ruler Sigismund III tried to do what?
A: Take the Russian throne.

During the first half of the 17th century what did the population of Moscow do?
A: It doubled from roughly 100,000 to 200,000.

In Moscow the plague killed how many of the people in 1654–55?
A: Upwards of 80%.

In 1712 Peter the Great moved his government to where?
A: The newly built Saint Petersburg on the Baltic coast.

Moscow ceased to be what?
A: Russia's capital, except for a brief period from 1728 to 1732.


By 1700, the building of what type of roads had begun?
A: Cobbled roads.

What was introduced in November 1730?
A: The permanent streetlight.

What were installed in 1883, near the Prechistinskiye Gates?
A: Arc lamps were installed.

The road connecting Moscow with St. Petersburg, now the M10 highway, was completed in what year?
A:  1746, its Moscow end following the old Tver road, which had existed since the 16th century.

When Napoleon invaded Russia in 1812, the Moscovites were what?
A: Evacuated.

It is suspected that the Moscow fire was principally the effect of what?
A: Russian sabotage.

Napoleon's Grande Armée was forced to retreat and was nearly annihilated by what?
A: The devastating Russian winter and sporadic attacks by Russian military forces.


When was Moscow State University established?
A: In 1755.

When Catherine II came to power in 1762, the city's filth and the smell of sewage was depicted by observers as a symptom of what?
A: Disorderly lifestyles of lower-class Russians recently arrived from the farms.

Following the success of the Russian Revolution of 1917, Vladimir Lenin, fearing possible foreign invasion did what?
A: He moved the capital from Petrograd to Moscow on March 12, 1918.

The Kremlin once again became what?
A: The seat of power and the political center of the new state.


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