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. When Rasputin visits the Alexander Palace, where does he stay?

2. What are Alexandra's own, multiple, medical problems described as?

3. What does Stolypin do away with?

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

5. Where are the Romanovs when Austria's Archduke Ferdinand is assassinated in Sarajevo in 1914?

Short Essay Questions

1. Catherine the Great is German, not Russian. How does she become Empress of Russia?

2. What begins to appear in public after Iliodor and his supporters are sent into seclusion?

3. How does Austria's Archduke Ferdinand wind up being assassinated by Serbian revolutionaries, in spite of a route revision after his speech that is designed to keep him out of danger?

4. 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?

5. When the First Imperial Duma appears in May 1906, what political parties form along with it?

6. After the Archduke's assassination, Austria presents an ultimatum to Serbia, to which it expects a response within forty-eight hours in order to prevent it declaring war upon Serbia. What demands do Austria's ultimatum place upon Serbia?

7. What outdoor activities does Alexis want to engage in but can not due to his hemophilia?

8. 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?

9. Why do many in St. Petersburg society consider Alexandra a prude?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The reason why Felix Yussoupov and his co-conspirators assassinate Rasputin is to try to save the monarchy. Using the text, analyze and explain why, and how, his assassination actually ends up contributing to the revolutionary cause and to the collapse of the monarchy.

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

Using the text to support your arguments, compare and contrast the ideologies of the Provisional Government that is established immediately after the revolution with those of the Bolsheviks, and explain why the Bolsheviks are so easily able to take control of Russia's government in the days and weeks following the revolution.

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