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. What did both Lenin and Stalin use to advertise the Revolution?

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

3. Who did Akhmadzhan Adylov say was his ancestor?

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

5. Why did Arnold Yeryomenko come to Moscow in June 1988?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was the Communist Party doomed to failure after they lost control of history?

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

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

4. How did Stalin gain absolute control over history?

5. Who is Lydia Chukovskaya?

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

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

8. Who was the most flamboyant mafia figure in the Soviet Union?

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

10. Why did Shakhnazarov say that Gorbachev, himself, and all the others who surrounded Gorbachev were double-thinkers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In 1989, healers were seen on television shows that were broadcast across the Soviet Union. Explain why the people turned to miracles and the supernatural and why the Party allowed and promoted this indulgence.

Essay Topic 2

The hard-liners began a coup in August 1991. Explain how and why the actions of the conspirators, the military, the secret police, the people, the media (television, radio, and press), and the reform politicians caused the coup to fail.

Essay Topic 3

As the true history of Stalin's era is revealed in 1991, the Russian people must learn to deal with the truth and rise above it or be consumed by the truth. Explain how Colonel Aleksandr Tretetsky and Vladimir Tokaryev deal with the truth and show examples that indicate that they represent the two ways that the Russian people deal with the truth.

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