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

2. In the October Region, what did entreprenueur Sterligov set up as a place where like-minded tycoons could get together and make plans?

3. What event in the Ukraine signaled the end of the old Soviet regime?

4. Why was Vitaly Goldovitch, a physicist who had worked in defense research, in a labor camp in the 1980s?

5. In 1991, where did Yakovlev tell his friends they would soon be seeing one another?

Short Essay Questions

1. After watching the film "Wall Street" at the Moscow Higher Party School, how did Remnick know that Communist ideology was dead?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why did the publishers of the Novy Mir not know what to expect when Gorbachev suggested that the Soviet Writers' Union decide whether Solzhenitsyn should be published in the Soviet Union?

8. What was "The Charity Society"?

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

10. Why would the Sinegorsk mine on Sakhalin Island never be profitable in a normal economy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The return of history is an important theme in the book. Explain how history was distorted and why the return of history led to a new order in Russia.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In the Soviet Union a common power struggle involved truth and the Party's version of truth. Using examples from Lenin's Tomb, explain why man's struggle against power is also the struggle of memory against forgetting.

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