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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Whose work did Bakunin expound paragraph by paragraph?
(a) Herzen's.
(b) Dostoevsky's.
(c) Hegel's.
(d) Schelling's.

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

3. Whose novels did the Russian Intelligentsia influence?
(a) Goncharov.
(b) Turgenev.
(c) Pushkin.
(d) Herzen.

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

5. 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 pragmatic notion that industrial development requires the scientific application of social theories.
(c) The Romantic notion that each human society has an organic unity.
(d) The idea of racial purity and positive eugenics.

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

7. 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.

8. When had the European states experienced revolution?
(a) 1848.
(b) 1809.
(c) 1818.
(d) 1825.

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

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

11. According to Berlin, what did Tolstoy have the greatest faith in?
(a) Individual experience.
(b) History.
(c) Nations.
(d) Divine causes.

12. In what point do Annenkov and Herzen agree about Russian Intelligentsia?
(a) They were both disillusioned by the moral bankruptcy of the intelligentsia.
(b) They were both repelled by the shallow optimism and naivete of the intelligentsia.
(c) They both experienced a profound camaraderie with the intelligentsia.
(d) They were both drawn to the romantic prospects of the movement.

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

14. How was the period that followed the Tsar's acts known?
(a) A period of prosperity.
(b) A period of repression.
(c) A period of tolerance.
(d) A period of terror.

15. How does Berlin describe Herzen's legacy?
(a) He sees Herzen as a momentary celebrity.
(b) He sees Herzen as a founder of Russian literature.
(c) He sees Herzen as overvalued.
(d) He sees Herzen as underestimated.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was Mikhail Bakunin's mentor?

2. What as Alexander Herzen's employment?

3. What popular idea did Herzen disagree with?

4. What forces dominated Herzen's world?

5. When did the Decembrist rebellion take place?

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