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

David Remnick
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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. What did Sakharov love most of all in life, according to Yelena Bonner?

2. Why did the letter that was published March 13 in Sovetskaya Rossiya also run in newspapers across the country?

3. Who refused to be interviewed by Remnick during the first session of Congress?

4. When was Sakharov allowed to return to Moscow?

5. Where did perestroika spin out of control in 1989?

Short Essay Questions

1. What central fact of Gorbachev's early life did he keep to himself until 1990?

2. What was Magadan like in the late 1930s?

3. What was a difference between the czarist repressions and the Bolshevik Terror?

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

5. How did Yakovlev know that the article "I Cannot Forsake Principles" was sanctioned?

6. What was Vremya?

7. Why is Misha Litvinov a reserved person?

8. Why is life in the mines not fit for human beings?

9. Why did Sakharov become a dissident?

10. How did Stalin gain absolute control over history?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Lenin's Tomb, Remnick states that the Communist Party apparatus was the world's largest mafia. Using examples from the book, argue that the Soviet Union was or was not the world's largest mafia.

Essay Topic 2

In the book, Remnick states that "Chernobyl...was a kind of run of the Soviet system, a horrible metaphor for the era that began with the Revolution in 1917 and was now ending." Using examples from the book, explain Chernobyl's metaphor for the Soviet system.

Essay Topic 3

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

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