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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Sophia surveyed the plight of women in 17th-century Russia and ______________in particular.
(a) Women serfs.
(b) Peasant women.
(c) Female students, housed in a school "terem."
(d) Royal sisters.

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

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

4. The new army under Sheremetev used artillery rebuilt from scratch using melted down iron from _______.
(a) Old cannons.
(b) Church bells.
(c) Tools, farming implements.
(d) Cemetery and church gates.

5. Chapter 15 reflected William III, simultaneously King of England and Stadholder of Holland, as __________.
(a) Sovereign Prince of Buckingham,
(b) Sovereign Prince of Bordeaux,
(c) Sovereign Prince of Orange,
(d) Sovereign Prince of Champagne-Ardenne,

6. In Chapter 9, Peter was shown enjoying his freedom for how many more years?
(a) One.
(b) Five.
(c) Seven.
(d) Three.

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

8. Seventeenth century European wars were shown to be steadily growing in deadliness and scope, yet what rules were they still obeying?
(a) Use of catapults, horses, caissons.
(b) Seasonal campaigning.
(c) Afternoon tea sessions.
(d) Use of shields, swords, spears.

9. Chapter 5 provided background on the "Old Believers" revolt against ritual reforms in the church that dated from ___________.
(a) Brutus' day.
(b) Alexis' day.
(c) Genghis Khan's day.
(d) Peter's day.

10. When did the founding of St. Petersburg transpire?
(a) 1707.
(b) 1703.
(c) 1701.
(d) 1705.

11. Charles XII broke traditions, proved rash in using disciplined troops, and forced battles. How long did it take for Russia to stand up to him?
(a) Years.
(b) Weeks.
(c) Several decades.
(d) Months.

12. Sweden, overextended at the peak of its power, ruled Estonia, Ingria, Finland, Karelia, Western Pomerania, Livonia, and ports near what location?
(a) Croatia.
(b) Spain.
(c) Denmark.
(d) England.

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

14. Why did Peter go incognito to complete his education?
(a) To avoid the hated ceremony.
(b) To escape possible ridicule.
(c) To gain military intelligence.
(d) For fear of attack.

15. When Ivan and Peter were crowned as co-tsars, Sophia took over as __________.
(a) Princess.
(b) Governor.
(c) Queen.
(d) Regent.

Short Answer Questions

1. Peter won over the Patriarch, threatened to kill any who opposed him, and then commanded all foreign officers to do what?

2. What did the author note Peter seemed to identify as the key while he embarked on his "Great Embassy" travels?

3. When did Charles XII launch his surprise campaign against Narva?

4. Sieges were preferred to open-field battle and frequently ended in what manner?

5. Peter was treated as an upstart monarch, but he behaved with decorum as he was eager to meet Leopold I, master of _____________.

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