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. During what years had Lithuania been a free country?

2. Who started what was billed as the first independent newspaper in the Soviet Union?

3. What did the battle over the draft for a new history book represent to Yazov?

4. In 1991, what do the miners want?

5. Who was the Soviet who supposedly collaborated with Christine Keller to bring down Profumo, Britain's minister of war?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who was Miss KGB?

5. What was "The Charity Society"?

6. What did the designer of the Chernobyl reactor say about the nuclear accident?

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

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

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

10. Why, for the young, was the West their dream?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Remnick refers to September of 1990 as a Black September and mentions three omens that occur. Use examples from the book to explain the meaning of these three omens and why they indicated that something ominous was about to happen in the Soviet Union.

Essay Topic 2

In 1988, threats against the Jews resurfaced. Using examples from Lenin's Tomb, discuss why there was such an anti-Semitic feeling off and on during the history of the Soviet Union and how events in the empire influenced the renewed hatred for the Jews.

Essay Topic 3

When people's convictions are threatened, they either capitulate or stand up and defend their convictions. Using specific examples from the book, compare individuals who abandoned their convictions when threatened to individuals who stood up to attacks on their convictions at great personal risk or cost.

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