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How Well Do You Know Catherine the Great?

How Well Do You Know Catherine The Great?

Image from Hulu’s  “Catherine The Great”

“The Great,” starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, recounts the (sometimes accurate) rise of Catherine the Great, ruler of Russia who rose to power in the late 1600s. The series premiered on Hulu on May 15 and has 86% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.0/10 on IMDB, so you know it’s doing something right. The entire cast is spectacular in the show, breathing personality and life into their respective characters. Not to mention, the set design and costumes are visually stunning and aptly transport the viewer back in time to 17th century Russia, albeit a not-so-historically-accurate 17th century Russia.

Since the series is a highly sensationalized satire and comedy, it is not always historically accurate (although, it is hella entertaining and a great watch). Hulu has even promoted the series as “anti-historical,” and writer Tony McNamara seemingly relies less on historical accuracy and more on humor and entertainment, presenting a loose version of the tsar’s rise to power. Since much of the series isn’t true, you can test your knowledge on the iconic empress with this quiz.

  • Question of

    Where was Catherine born?

    • Russia
    • Prussia
    • England
    • France
  • Question of

    What was Catherine’s birth-given name?

    • Catherine
    • Elle
    • Federika
    • Sophie
  • Question of

    Was Catherine the first female Russian ruler?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Whom did Catherine’s husband, Peter III, admire?

    • Frederick II
    • Peter the Great
    • Empress Elizabeth
    • Ivan the Terrible
  • Question of

    What was the name of Catherine’s child and successor?

    • Peter
    • Elizabeth
    • Paul
    • Catherine
  • Question of

    Did Catherine have an affair with Grigory Orlov?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    How did Catherine rise to power?

    • She murdered Peter
    • She ordered someone to murder Peter
    • Peter committed suicide
    • Peter abdicated
  • Question of

    Was Catherine a conservative or liberal ruler?

    • Conservative
    • Liberal
  • Question of

    What year was Catherine crowned empress?

    • 1760
    • 1761
    • 1762
    • 1763
  • Question of

    How long did Catherine rule?

    • Yes
    • No
    • 34 years
    • 34 years

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Written by Nina Slowinski

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