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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What was the name of the committee in charge of government censorship?
(a) The Comintern.
(b) The Decembrist Committee.
(c) The Second of April Committee.
(d) The Homeland Purity Committee.

4. What does Berlin say is underestimated in Tolstoy's legacy?
(a) His acute social commentary.
(b) His moral vision.
(c) His philosophy of history.
(d) His detailed descriptions.

5. Who was the Tsar following the Decembrist rebellion?
(a) Nicholas II.
(b) Charles.
(c) Herzen.
(d) Nicholas I.

6. Which of the following describes Russian censorship during the middle of the nineteenth century?
(a) Censors persecuted the families of authors.
(b) Censors intimidated writers who wrote subversive material.
(c) Censors looked for subversive ideas.
(d) Censors told writers what to write.

7. What effect did German Romanticism have on Russian students?
(a) It made them hungry for violent rebellion and abrupt social change.
(b) It made them dissolute and morally bankrupt.
(c) It made them resentful of the social distinctions they inherited with their culture.
(d) It demanded a commitment to social and national causes.

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

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

10. What had been the outcome of the European states' revolution?
(a) The revolution failed.
(b) A new era of peace.
(c) Napoleonic wars.
(d) The Thirty-Years' War.

11. Who was Mikhail Bakunin's mentor?
(a) Fyodor Dostoevsky.
(b) Vissarion Belinksy.
(c) Nicholas Stankevich.
(d) Pavel Annenkov.

12. How did the writer who supported the Tsar present the Tsar's acts?
(a) He proclaimed the natural rights of man.
(b) He denounced the Tsar's opponents.
(c) He justified the aristocracy's use of violence.
(d) He presented even serfdom as divinely ordained.

13. What was Pavel Annekov's role in Russian culture?
(a) Essayist and revolutionary.
(b) Writer and activist.
(c) Serious critic.
(d) Intellectual tourist.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What part of Tolstoy's legacy do critics praise?

2. What were de Maistre's views?

3. How does Berlin describe Herzen's legacy?

4. What did the Tsar see himself as defending for his country?

5. How did Herzen see history?

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