Joseph Stalin: Biography, Facts & Timeline


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When did Joseph Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili change his name to Stalin?

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1. What does 'Stalin' loosely translate to in Russian?

2. Why didn't General Patton trust Stalin, who was an ally against Hitler?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Joseph Stalin rose through the ranks of the Communist party to become the leader of the Soviet Union for nearly three decades. This lesson outlines some of the key points and dates of Stalin's brutal and totalitarian regime.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

As part of this lesson on Stalin, you'll be quizzed on the following subjects:

  • Biographical facts about Stalin
  • Stalin's relationship with world leaders
  • Examples of Stalin's cult of personality
  • Key dates in Stalin's rule

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on how America's General Patton viewed Stalin
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify key dates in Stalin's reign
  • Interpreting information - make sure you can read an overview of Joseph Stalin and correctly interpret the main points

Additional Learning

For more details on this major 20th-century figure, read the lesson, Joseph Stalin: Biography, Facts & Timeline. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain how Stalin's character shaped his political decisions
  • Understand Stalin's leadership during World War II
  • Describe Stalin's response to political opposition
  • Explain Stalin's use of the gulag system
  • Trace Stalin's rise to the role of dictator