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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 is the purpose of the Assembly of Russian Workingmen, found by Plehve and Father George Gapon?

2. What faith does Nicholas' fiancee have to convert to in order to marry him?

3. Why do the older two daughters not make their public debut in 1914?

4. In 1913, Russia celebrates its tercentenary. How many years is a tercentenary?

5. Which option lists the names of Nicholas and Alexandra's daughters in order of their birth?

Short Essay Questions

1. The Imperial Park at Tsarskoe Selo is the site of which two Russian palaces?

2. 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?

3. Why do Russian Easter celebrations include large banquets?

4. What happens to all of the money that is sent to Siberia to help the Romanovs?

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. After Stolypin and Kokovtsov each have personal interviews with Rasputin when they are in office, what happens to them?

8. After initially abdicating the throne to Alexis, why does Nicholas change his mind and turn it over to his brother Michael?

9. How are the Romanovs lured to their deaths, and who tells them they were going to die? How long after the announcement of their impending death are the Romanovs killed?

10. When Colonel Kobylinsky is placed in charge of the Romanovs, how does the way in which they are treated change?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and explain, supporting your remarks with the text, why Nicholas' plans to follow his father, Alexander's, autocratic principles as Tsar strengthen the revolutionaries' cause.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 3, we learn that Tsar Alexander and Empress Marie are initially opposed to Nicholas' match with Alix of Hesse (later Alexandra) because they are anti-German. Analyze and explain how their opposition to this match--and her nation of origin--foreshadow the difficulty Alexandra has with her in-laws during the first few months of her marriage, her problems fitting into Russian society, as well as Russian hatred of her during World War I. Support your arguments from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Explain and analyze why, although there are people who want, and indeed try, to help the Romanovs escape, nothing ever comes to fruition. Use the text as backup.

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