1: Portage is source based. Entropy is binary. Since you are fairly new and come from Ubuntu, I would recommend sticking with entropy. In fact, unless you have a strong desire to go source based, you should pretty much stick with entropy (it's what the vast majority around here do).
2: None that I know of. The wiki is a pretty good place to look around though.
3: It is really best to simply learn the basics of entropy without trying to map it to Ubuntu, although there are certainly similarities.
The basics of what you'll want to do is update the repositories, then update any outdated packages, and lastly merge any configuration changes if needed.
Via the commandline:
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#equo conf update
4: There are a couple, such as eselect and rc-update that I can think of at the top of my head. But truthfully, you are probably better off asking those questions as they arise (after doing a quick search of course). There are lots of little things like that that people could point out to no end.
5: Yes, installing KDE is much eaiser than removing it. There are a couple of forum posts about removing KDE if you do a bit of forum searching. But, if you've got the hard drive space to spare, I would say just let it sit. It doesn't impact system performance if you aren't using it and using Cinnamon instead.