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. What Russian city is the hometown of Vladimir Lenin?

2. In what language does Nicholas want all business conducted?

3. What kind of life do the Tsar's children lead?

4. From where does Tsar Nicholas announce Germany's declaration of war on Russia to his subjects?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the Russo-Japanese war end?

3. After Stolypin and Kokovtsov each have personal interviews with Rasputin when they are in office, what happens to them?

4. Why do Russian Easter celebrations include large banquets?

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

6. How is Queen Victoria believed to have become a carrier of the hemophilia gene?

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

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

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

10. When the Imperial Manifesto of October 30, 1905 establishes an elected parliament and rights for the people, Russia's government changes from an autocracy to what form of government?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe Pobedonotstsev's opinion of the Jews and what is done with them. Demonstrate and explain, using the text, how his philosophy is reflected in his student, Nicholas', own policies.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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