Nicholas and Alexandra Test | Final 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. How much of the Russian army is destroyed by the summer of 1915?

2. Why is Alexandra investigated by Kerensky after she and Nicholas are arrested?

3. At ___________ on the day they are murdered, the Romanovs are awakened and told to dress because they have to leave quickly.

4. Where is Stavka, the field headquarters, located?

5. The Provisional Government is trying to get the Romanov family __________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. After visiting Rasputin for an illness, what conclusion does Felix Yussoupov draw about him?

3. 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?

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

5. 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?

6. When the Romanovs arrived in Tyumen, in what condition does Kobylinsky find the Governor's house, where the Romanovs are to live?

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

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

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

10. Why does Nicholas bring Alexis to live with him at the Stavka in the fall of 1915?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and explain, supporting your remarks with the text, why Nicholas' plans to follow his father, Alexander's, autocratic principles as Tsar strengthen the revolutionaries' cause.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and explain how the Tsar's reaction to and handling of the Assembly of Russian Workingmen strike that begins at the Putilov Steel Works and ends in bloodshed on "Bloody Sunday," January 22, 1905, change people's attitudes toward the Tsar and strengthen the revolutionary movement instead of quelling it as the Tsar hopes. Support your remarks with the text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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