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 does the royal trains stop wherever there is a cool spot or water available?

2. Which Russian Prime Ministers does Alexandra send Rasputin to meet with?

3. Russia has to limit the amount of _____________ their soldiers use in one day because of shortages.

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

5. Which European ruler is the blood cousin of Tsar Nicholas II?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the Russo-Japanese war end?

4. 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?

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

6. What Russian institutions do Peter the Great develop?

7. 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?

8. In the Russian system of autocracy, to whom is the Tsar responsible?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the narrative's description, in chapter 5, of Nicholas' and Alexandra's attitudes about the coronation day and analyze whether or not these attitudes (Alexandra's in particular) foreshadow how they deal with later problems in their personal as well as political lives. Use the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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