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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who spread German Romantic philosophy in student circles?
(a) Pavel Annenkov.
(b) Nicholas Stankevich.
(c) Nikolai Gogol.
(d) Vissarion Belinksy.

2. How does Berlin describe Bakunin?
(a) As a shy aesthete.
(b) As a revolutionary filled with promise of his convictions.
(c) As a magnetic popularizer of other people's theories.
(d) As a highly original thinker.

3. What did Tolstoy believe was the only way to access truth and reason?
(a) Transcendental experience.
(b) Human experience.
(c) Spiritual transcendence.
(d) Historical awareness.

4. Whose writing was Russia "intellectually dependent" upon?
(a) Plato and Plotinus.
(b) Flaubert and Rousseau.
(c) Fichte and Schelling.
(d) Hume and Locke.

5. What is the stereotype of the Russian intellectual?
(a) Reform-minded and logical.
(b) Romantic and progressive.
(c) Crabby and self-defeating.
(d) Gloomy and pessimistic.

6. How does Berlin describe Herzen's prose style?
(a) Leaden.
(b) Dazzling.
(c) Elaborate.
(d) Meticulous.

7. What does Berlin mean when he says that Tolstoy was a fox who believed in being a hedgehog?
(a) He subscribed to an abstract vision of life, but tried to present life in detail.
(b) He presented life in detail, but developed an overarching moral vision.
(c) He described the moral plan of the universe in symbolic language.
(d) He presented life in detail, with each detail providing evidence of an overarching universal plan.

8. What value did Herzen and Bakunin share?
(a) Spiritual experience.
(b) Church power.
(c) Individual liberty.
(d) State power.

9. What was Hegel's appeal to Russian students?
(a) His theory of history seemed to predict Russian nationalism.
(b) His world spirit seemed to prophesy the Russian Revolution.
(c) His idealism seemed like an escape from the squalor of Russia.
(d) His quasi-religious philosophy gave atheistic students something they could believe in.

10. What did Herzen see as the individual's role in history?
(a) Herzen saw as the individual's role in history as an obligation to heal society from the damages done by progress.
(b) Herzen saw as the individual's role in history as an obligation to understand and cooperate with historical forces.
(c) Herzen saw as the individual's role in history as an obligation to fulfill his own nature.
(d) Herzen saw as the individual's role in history as an obligation to manifest the universe's latent desires.

11. What did Herzen predict in "From the Other Shore"?
(a) The Thirty Years War.
(b) The decline of Europe.
(c) The triumph of Communism in Russia.
(d) World War I.

12. What writer supported the Tsar's acts?
(a) Leo Tolstoy.
(b) Nikolai Gogol.
(c) Fyodor Dostoevsky.
(d) Alexander Pushkin.

13. How did authors fare in the mid-nineteenth-century Russian literary scene?
(a) They were free to publish political commentary and opinions without persecution.
(b) They had difficulty getting their work into print, because the censors were so strict.
(c) They published in underground magazines and pamphlets.
(d) They could publish their work, but sometimes had to be vague about their political meanings.

14. What was the relationship between literature and politics in mid-nineteenth century Russia?
(a) Literature prophesied political developments.
(b) Politics followed road maps laid out in literature.
(c) Politics was transposed onto literature.
(d) Literature reacted to political events.

15. How do Tolstoy and de Maistre's views differ?
(a) de Maistre was a conspirator against the Tsar.
(b) Tolstoy was a humanist.
(c) Tolstoy was an aristocrat.
(d) de Maistre was a Catholic reactionary.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did the Tsar's political stance change after the Decembrist rebellion?

2. What policy of Peter the Great's had spawned the intelligentsia?

3. When did the Decembrist rebellion take place?

4. Whose work did Bakunin expound paragraph by paragraph?

5. How was the period that followed the Tsar's acts known?

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