Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire Test | Final 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. Where did Aleksandr Yakovlev almost die during World War II?

2. In August 1991, where was Gorbachev when the coup started?

3. What were the chiefs of the KGB and Interior Ministry police telling Gorbachev in 1991?

4. Where did Yakovlev study abroad?

5. What was the plan called that was supposed to dismantle the Soviet system?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was different about the May Day parade in Moscow in 1990?

2. What did Volkogonov's team reveal in a draft of a history they were writing that appalled the hard-liners?

3. Who was Miss KGB?

4. What did Yuri Savenko, president of the Independent Psychiatric Association, think about the Ministry of Health's cooperation with Kashpirovsky's broadcasts?

5. Who was the free man Remnick met on Sakhalin island?

6. How did Yeltsin's appeal to the people for resistance to the coup get published in Izvestia?

7. In 1991, why were the Kremlin hard-liners terrified of the strikes?

8. How did one of Parkomenko's investigative reports cause a terrific scandal?

9. Describe Shcharansky's celebration of Hanukkah in Perm-35.

10. What was the Baltic strategy to achieve independence?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Throughout the book, Remnick provides examples of times the Party attempted to block the words of various writers. At the beginning of Chapter 24 is a quote: "What is written with a pen cannot be hacked away even by an ax." Using examples from the book, argue that words can or cannot be forever destroyed by violence.

Essay Topic 3

During the Gorbachev era, there was loosening of restrictions and a small shift toward truth. Compare the Stalin era and the Gorbachev era, and show what changed, what did not change, and how, in some ways, the Gorbachev era retained elements from Stalin's days. Use examples from the book.

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