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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What concept does Stolypin introduce to Russian society?
(a) Labor unions.
(b) Indoor plumbing.
(c) Representative democracy.
(d) Private property.

2. What does the jeweler Faberge make every Easter for Nicholas' wife and mother?
(a) Jeweled eggs.
(b) Jeweled rabbits.
(c) Jeweled crosses.
(d) Jewel-encrusted crowns.

3. Russia's 1905 defeat in the Straits of Tsushima shapes its naval strategy for which future war?
(a) The Cold War.
(b) World War II.
(c) World War I.
(d) The Gulf War.

4. In addition to all the official ceremonies, what else do the Romanovs do to celebrate Russia's tercentenary?
(a) They make a cross-country public relations trip.
(b) They make a pilgrimage to Constantinople, the seat of Orthodoxy.
(c) They make a public relations trip through every country in Europe.
(d) They make a pilgrimage to trace the route of the first Tsar.

5. What happens to the two older girls instead of their debut?
(a) They are sent to their Aunt Ella's convent.
(b) They are sent to St. Petersburg.
(c) They stay with the family at Tsarskoe Selo.
(d) They are sent to England.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rasputin do as a child that earns him a reputation as a seer?

2. Nicholas' wedding takes place:

3. A crowd storms the German __________ and vandalizes its furnishings and artwork.

4. What happens to Alexis while the family is vacationing at Spala?

5. What is the Imperial Duma, which is first established in May 1906?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the Russian system of autocracy, to whom is the Tsar responsible?

2. On what pretext does Nicholas dissolve the Second Imperial Duma?

3. When World War I begins, the Tsar is reluctant to become involved because Russia is not prepared for war. Why is Russia not prepared for war?

4. When World War I begins, why do Nicholas and Alexandra travel to Moscow?

5. Why does a riot that kills hundreds of people take place in Moscow, and at what event, on the day following Nicholas' coronation?

6. During the summer of 1912, while the family is at their hunting lodge in Spala, how does Alexis incur the hemorrhage in his groin and thigh that nearly kills him?

7. What do the old women in the crowd observing Alexander III's funeral procession say of Alexandra, who rides alone and behind the rest of the family?

8. How do Lenin's studies at the University of Kazan end?

9. When the Imperial Manifesto of October 30, 1905 establishes an elected parliament and rights for the people, Russia's government changes from an autocracy to what form of government?

10. What does Nicholas' tutor, Pobedonostsev, believe the only way to achieve national unity in Russia is? What does he believe is done in the event of opposition?

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