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. In 1913, Russia celebrates its tercentenary. How many years is a tercentenary?

2. Rasputin's influence over the Romanovs causes a rift between __________ and __________.

3. What concept does Stolypin introduce to Russian society?

4. In what month and year is Nicholas II crowned Tsar?

5. On what date is Alexis, the male heir to the throne of Russia, born?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. The Imperial Park at Tsarskoe Selo is the site of which two Russian palaces?

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

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

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

6. When Alexis injures himself at Spala, who comes from St. Petersburg to help him?

7. When the royal yacht, the Standart, strikes a rock during a cruise, why doesn't it sink?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using the text as backup, compare and contrast the daily routine of the Romanovs, as described in Chapter 10, with the daily life of the typical Russian worker.

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

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.

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