Nicholas and Alexandra Test | Final Test - Hard

Robert K. Massie
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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. At the end of June, why does the Romanov family stay up all night, fully dressed?

2. To the peasants in the countryside, the death of the peasant Rasputin makes him a _____________.

3. When Rodzianko finally convinces Nicholas, who is still at Stavka, that the violence and strike in Petrograd are serious, what does he NOT do?

4. What is the house in Ekaterinburg where the Romanovs live called?

5. What is the name of the mine to which the bodies of the Romanovs are taken?

Short Essay Questions

1. In agreeing to the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, what territory does Russia give up?

2. During the sixteen months Nicholas is at either Stavka or the front, Alexandra is in charge of the administrative functions of the government. What is the result of Alexandra's leadership?

3. After initially abdicating the throne to Alexis, why does Nicholas change his mind and turn it over to his brother Michael?

4. 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?

5. Instead of telling Nicholas that a revolution is taking place, what does Protopopov and Voeikov tell him about the events taking place in St. Petersburg, and how does he find out what is really happening?

6. Under what conditions does England agree to grant the Romanovs asylum, and why is the request eventually withdrawn?

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

8. 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?

9. On March 12, the day the revolution begins, what is the response of the Cabinet? What is significant about this action?

10. How are the Romanovs lured to their deaths, and who tells them they were going to die? How long after the announcement of their impending death are the Romanovs killed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The reason why Felix Yussoupov and his co-conspirators assassinate Rasputin is to try to save the monarchy. Using the text, analyze and explain why, and how, his assassination actually ends up contributing to the revolutionary cause and to the collapse of the monarchy.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Explain and analyze why, although there are people who want, and indeed try, to help the Romanovs escape, nothing ever comes to fruition. Use the text as backup.

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