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. What was the first major monument to victims of the regime?

2. Who was the most popular politician in the Soviet Union according to "Argumenti i Fakti"?

3. What book project got Volkogonov demoted to the Institute of Military History?

4. Who wrote "How Can We Revitalize Russia" published September 18, 1990, in "Komsomolskaya Pravda"?

5. What did Orwell call a KGB type organization?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was "The Charity Society"?

3. Why during World War II did Aleksandr Yakovlev survive after being wounded?

4. What happened to General Matvei Shaposhnikov when he refused to fire on unarmed mine workers in Novocherkassk in 1962?

5. Who was Miss KGB?

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

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

8. When did healers, mystics, and "holy fools" usually come to prominence?

9. Who was Edward Lee Howard?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Shekhovtsov, Korniyenkova, and some of Stalin's grandchildren still revere Stalin. Explain the reasons why they still support Stalin and their motives for supporting him.

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