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. With the Tsar at the front, a substitute autocrat is to be found. Who fills this role?

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

3. Under Russian law, what is Kerensky's call for removal of the Tsar?

4. What does Rasputin want?

5. After the revolution, what are Nicholas and Alexandra known as, respectively, among the Petrograd population?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Alexis suffers a nosebleed and Rasputin is sent for, what does Rasputin do when he arrives and what happens afterward?

2. Why are losses so heavy among Russian officers, in particular, during World War I?

3. What secret information is found in Alexandra's papers after the abdication? Who is authorized to have copies of this information?

4. In the letter that turns out to prophesy his death as well as the fate of the monarchy, what does Rasputin say happens to the Romanovs if his death is at the hands of peasants or commoners? Likewise, what does he say happens to the monarchy if his death is at the hands of nobles?

5. 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?

6. What do Rasputin's murderers believe is the outcome of his death?

7. 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?

8. In the period between Nicholas' abdication and the Romanovs' arrest, why do the revolutionaries not attack the Alexander Palace, where the family is living?

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

10. When Colonel Kobylinsky is placed in charge of the Romanovs, how does the way in which they are treated change?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using the text to support your arguments, compare and contrast the ideologies of the Provisional Government that is established immediately after the revolution with those of the Bolsheviks, and explain why the Bolsheviks are so easily able to take control of Russia's government in the days and weeks following the revolution.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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