Nicholas and Alexandra Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Rasputin believe about sin?

2. Russia's 1905 defeat in the Straits of Tsushima shapes its naval strategy for which future war?

3. Nicholas and Alexandra's first home is at the palace in:

4. What position in Russia's government does Plehve hold?

5. How much does the Imperial Crown of Russia weigh?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the period immediately following the assassination of Tsar Nicholas and his family, why do as many of his Romanov relatives as are able leave Russia?

2. Why does Alexandra move Anna Vyrubova into an apartment in the Alexander Palace?

3. At the Four Brothers Mine, how are the bodies of Nicholas and his family disposed of?

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

5. Under what conditions does England agree to grant the Romanovs asylum, and why is the request eventually withdrawn?

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

7. As the soldiers guarding the Romanovs in Tyumen come to understand the meaning of the revolution, how do their attitudes toward the Romanovs change?

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

9. In the letter that turns out to prophesy his death as well as the fate of the monarchy, what does Rasputin say happens to the Romanovs if his death is at the hands of peasants or commoners? Likewise, what does he say happens to the monarchy if his death is at the hands of nobles?

10. Why does Nicholas bring Alexis to live with him at the Stavka in the fall of 1915?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characteristics of Russia's autocratic monarchy with those of its constitutional monarchy, and analyze whether or not Nicholas' attempt to hold onto as much autocracy as possible after the passage of the Imperial Manifesto contributes to the end of the Romanov dynasty and, therefore, Russia's monarchy. Back up your work with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and demonstrate how the assassination of Austria's Archduke Ferdinand by Serbian revolutionary Gabriel Princip, which leads to World War I, contribute to the downfall of the Russian military and, ultimately, the monarchy. Support your statements with the text.

Essay Topic 3

Using the text, analyze and demonstrate whether or not Russia's becoming a constitutional monarchy in October 1905 strengthens the revolutionaries and enable the ultimate collapse of the monarchy at their hands.

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