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

2. What does Rasputin believe about sin?

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

4. What church is the main Christian influence in Nicholas' country?

5. When do Tsars invoke the blessing of the icon the Vladimir Mother of God?

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. To what is the collapse of the Russian monarchy near the end of World War I ultimately attributed?

3. 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?

4. What Russian institutions do Peter the Great develop?

5. When are the Romanovs told they are able to leave Siberia?

6. After the revolution, 630 letters from Alexandra to Nicholas, written while Nicholas is at the Stavka, are found in Ekaterinburg. What do the letters contain?

7. Why is Alexandra so severely affected by Alexis' hemophilia?

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

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

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

Essay 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

By using the text as backup and comparing and contrasting Russian Orthodox and Lutheran beliefs, explain why women who marry into the Russian royal family convert to the Russian Orthodox faith, as Alix is required to do from the Lutheran faith in which she is raised.

Essay Topic 3

Using the text, explain and analyze how Alexandra's belief that Rasputin is a representative from God who miraculously heals her son enables Rasputin to take advantage of her, as well as Alexis' hemophilia, in order to gain influence in and, eventually, control over Russia's government.

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