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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How long did it take to build the Fortress of St. Peter and St. Paul by hand?
(a) Fifteen months.
(b) Ten months.
(c) Five months.
(d) Twenty months.

2. What were some ways Peter broke tradition beyond freeing himself of Eudoxia, shaving nobles' beards, and using decorations in lieu of land as rewards?
(a) Reforming Russian feudal system.
(b) Reforming the calendar and currency.
(c) Offering land in exchange for military service.
(d) Affording peasants, not serfs, voting rights.

3. Peter's passion for sailing began when he and his tutor found, refurbished, and took a boat out on what lake?
(a) Preobrazhenskoe.
(b) Pervomaysk.
(c) Pavlovsk.
(d) Pleschev.

4. What observation could be made about Peter given that he enjoyed Mock-Synod celebrations at Christmas and before Lent, stood with troops rather than the Patriarch at Epiphany when the Moscow River is blessed, and ended executions with bodies being buried as Lent begins?
(a) Peter's actions were predictable.
(b) Peter's reasoning was systematic.
(c) Peter's exploits were well thought out.
(d) Peter's moods swang unpredictably.

5. Which friend did Peter bury In March, 1699?
(a) Vinius.
(b) Gordon.
(c) Korb.
(d) Lefort.

6. Frederick of Denmark dropped out of the conflict following what?
(a) Nearly bloodless campaign.
(b) Totally bloodless campaign.
(c) Very bloody campaign.
(d) Near annihilation.

7. The "Great Embassy" ended abruptly before a trip to ________________because word came that the Streltsy were rebelling?
(a) Dresden.
(b) Warsaw.
(c) Venice.
(d) Constantinople.

8. How long did Peter send the "Great Embassy" to Europe to recruit and study?
(a) Thirty months.
(b) Eighteen months.
(c) Twenty-four months.
(d) Twelve months.

9. When was Peter born?
(a) June 30, 1672.
(b) April 30, 1672.
(c) August 30, 1672.
(d) May 30, 1672.

10. Which nations sided with Charles XII against Denmark to keep the European political status quo?
(a) England, Poland.
(b) Finland, Poland.
(c) Netherlands, Finland.
(d) England, Netherlands.

11. Peter was concerned by the loss at Narva, but he spared nothing to outfit and train his new army under whom?
(a) Brutus Sheremetev.
(b) Alexis Sheremetev.
(c) Markus Sheremetev.
(d) Boris Sheremetev.

12. Peter himself went incognito among the 250-member staff as whom?
(a) Peter Makarov.
(b) Peter Mikhailov.
(c) Peter Golovin.
(d) Peter Voznitsyn.

13. In Chapter 25, Peter attacked a 13th-century Estonian seaport fortress that was defended by how many men?
(a) 1,500.
(b) 1,100.
(c) 1,900.
(d) 700.

14. Patkul, an anti-Swede from __________, stirred Peter and Augustus to action against Charles XII?
(a) Karelia.
(b) Estonia.
(c) Livonia,
(d) Ingria.

15. Peter dealt harshly with robbers and beggars, especially ones who ________________.
(a) Threatened the ill or handicapped.
(b) Threatened women.
(c) Threatened foreigners.
(d) Threatened children.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Peter use to assess the plot and rid himself of the menace?

2. How long did Peter work at the Dutch company to learn his trade?

3. In what year did Peter first visit Archangel, Russia's only port near the Arctic Circle?

4. The new army under Sheremetev used artillery rebuilt from scratch using melted down iron from _______.

5. Where did Peter build an outpost that grew into the Kronstadt naval base?

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