Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many Polish soldiers were killed the first night in Kalinin?

2. What film inspired Dmitri Yurasov when he was working as a laborer after being fired from the Supreme Court?

3. When did Gorbachev take office?

4. Who was one of the key plotters in the August coup?

5. Who did Andropov want to succeed him when he died?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Sakharov become a dissident?

2. What did Gorbachev do about the letter published March 13 in the Sovetskaya Rossiya?

3. What was the homeless situation in Moscow in 1988?

4. Who is Lydia Chukovskaya?

5. How did the revolution from below begin in July of 1989?

6. What was the Doctors' Plot?

7. Why did no one believe that a new "epoch of human progress" began in October 1917?

8. Why was Genrikh Joffe accused of being a "preacher of bourgeois ideology"?

9. Why did Natasha Rapoport not emigrate to Israel?

10. What gnawing uncertainty is the condition of life in the Soviet Union for an empire inhabited by holocaust survivors and the children of survivors?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the double meaning of the book's title, Lenin's Tomb.

Essay Topic 2

In the Soviet Union a common power struggle involved truth and the Party's version of truth. Using examples from Lenin's Tomb, explain why man's struggle against power is also the struggle of memory against forgetting.

Essay Topic 3

The first piece of writing to appear in the Soviet Union by Solzhenitsyn in three decades was a piece titled "How Can We Revitalize Russia." Explain how Solzhenitsyn wanted to solve the problems in the Soviet Union and why the Party felt so threatened by his views.

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