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. Who was the first CIA operative ever to defect to the Soviet Union and the KGB?

2. For what amount of time was the May Day parade in Moscow calm and uneventful?

3. Who replaced Ligachev as party ideologist?

4. What made Kapustin show his true feelings to Remnick?

5. Where did Aleksandr Yakovlev almost die during World War II?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happened when Gorbachev withdrew his support for the 500 Days plan?

3. What happened when the tanks were sent to Lithuania in January 1991?

4. Why would it be difficult for the hard-liners to chart a new historical orthodoxy?

5. Why did Yakovlev say that rehabilitation was an act of repentance?

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

7. What did Sakharov try to tell Gorbachev one evening during the first Congress session?

8. What were three omens that occurred in September 1990?

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

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

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 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.

Essay Topic 3

In Boris Yeltsin's acceptance speech when he becomes president, he calls himself and the people citizens. Argue that during the reign of the Communist Party, the people of the Soviet Union may have been citizens (inhabitants), but they were not given the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Use examples from the novel to support your position.

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