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. Nicholas presents his fiancee with jewels designed by:

2. Why does Russia negotiate a ninety-nine-year lease with China on Port Arthur?

3. As a "starets" or man of God, what is Rasputin specifically considered to be?

4. Why do the Romanovs have two identical royal trains that travel a few miles apart?

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

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

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. How does Rasputin believe that people came to be forgiven of their sins?

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

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

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

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

10. Why do Tsar Alexander and Empress Marie want Nicholas to marry Princess Helene of France instead of Alix of Hesse?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Nicholas' and Alexandra's contributions to the Russian monarchy, especially how they choose to deal with the beginning of its decline and the growing power of the revolutionaries, with Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna's prediction that Nicholas and Alexandra's inadequacies as rulers make them the last generation of Romanov rulers. Demonstrate whether or not the Grand Duchess is correct in her analysis of Nicholas and Alexandra as inadequate rulers.

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

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.

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