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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did the Tsar's political stance change after the Decembrist rebellion?
(a) He adopted a series of reforms.
(b) He abandoned tradition.
(c) He stepped down.
(d) He moved away from reform.

2. Who was Joseph de Maistre?
(a) A bureaucrat on the censorship committee.
(b) An educated courtier.
(c) A poor writer.
(d) A conspirator against the Tsar.

3. Where did the term "intelligentsia" come from?
(a) It had always been a role in Russian society.
(b) It was coined by the press during the Dreyfus Affair.
(c) It was invented in the mid-1800s.
(d) The Tsar had used it to demean effete thinkers.

4. Which thinker affected Herzen?
(a) Plato.
(b) Hegel.
(c) Marx.
(d) Hume.

5. What movement was responsible for bringing politics into literature in mid-nineteenth-century Russian literature?
(a) Industrialization.
(b) Land reform.
(c) Romantic philosophy.
(d) Urbanization.

6. How does Berlin describe Bakunin's personality?
(a) As magnetic.
(b) As luminous.
(c) As shy and shrinking.
(d) As polarizing.

7. How did Herzen see history?
(a) Herzen saw history as a movement of spiritual forces.
(b) Herzen saw history as the narrative imposed after events.
(c) Herzen saw history as the mind of God thinking.
(d) Herzen saw history as a mechanistic development.

8. What student of Stankevich's lectured on Western medieval history in Moscow?
(a) Turgenev.
(b) Bakunin.
(c) Granovsky.
(d) Herzen.

9. Which figure was prominent in the founding of the Russian Intelligentsia?
(a) Ivan Turgenev.
(b) Fyodor Dostoevsky.
(c) Leo Tolstoy.
(d) Alexander Pushkin.

10. What social movement did the Russian Intelligentsia contribute to?
(a) Slavophilia.
(b) A new round of social reforms.
(c) Jingoism.
(d) The Russian Revolution.

11. What idea captured the imagination of the Russian intelligentsia?
(a) The jingoistic notion that the soul of a people is visible in its arts and industry.
(b) The idea of racial purity and positive eugenics.
(c) The pragmatic notion that industrial development requires the scientific application of social theories.
(d) The Romantic notion that each human society has an organic unity.

12. How does Berlin characterize Bakunin's ideas?
(a) Innovative but ineffectual.
(b) Unique and popular.
(c) Earnest but unoriginal.
(d) Revolutionary and dangerous.

13. When did the Decembrist rebellion take place?
(a) 1809.
(b) 1825.
(c) 1848.
(d) 1817

14. What did the Russian Intelligentsia invent?
(a) Communes.
(b) A type of social criticism.
(c) Personal-philosophical essays.
(d) A code for illicit communications.

15. What advantages did Hegel's theories have for Bakunin?
(a) Hegel's contradictions let Bakunin justify aesthetics and physical labor.
(b) Hegel's idealism let Bakunin justify his optimism in Russia's future.
(c) Hegel's contradictions let Bakunin justify both rebellion and obedience.
(d) Hegel's idealism let Bakunin justify his loathing of Russian politics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the result of Russia's "moral quarantine"?

2. What conspiracy against the Tsar did the censorship program discover?

3. Whose work did Bakunin expound paragraph by paragraph?

4. Which thinker saw progress in the growth of national cultures?

5. Who was the Tsar following the Decembrist rebellion?

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