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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the result of Russia's "moral quarantine"?
(a) A renaissance in Russian literature.
(b) A decrease in censorship.
(c) Intense Slavophilia.
(d) Ethnic cleansing of Tartars.

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

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

4. What measures did the Tsar take to assert his values?
(a) He declared martial law.
(b) He repressed all signs of dissent and unorthodoxy.
(c) He gave serfs and women the right to vote.
(d) He imprisoned his former supporters.

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

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

7. How did the epoch that followed the Tsar's acts in the wake of the Decembrist Rebellions end?
(a) With the Tsar's death in 1855.
(b) With the Tsar's overthrow in 1850.
(c) With the German invasion of 1848.
(d) With Tsar's conversion in 1845.

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

9. What limitations did Tolstoy see as hindering human beings, according to Berlin?
(a) They can never see life through each other's eyes.
(b) They cannot know the divine mind.
(c) They remain divine creatures, even though they live earthly experiences.
(d) They cannot know all the influences that affect a moment.

10. Which thinker saw progress in the growth of national cultures?
(a) Hegel.
(b) Mazzini.
(c) Mickiewicz.
(d) Herder.

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

12. 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 understand and cooperate with historical forces.
(b) Herzen saw as the individual's role in history as an obligation to heal society from the damages done by progress.
(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.

13. What was Bakunin's relationship with Herzen?
(a) Bakunin was inspired by Herzen's experience.
(b) Bakunin learned his theories under Herzen's tutelage.
(c) Herzen was susceptible to Bakunin's improvident optimism.
(d) Herzen was the better intellectual.

14. What was the dominant philosophical movement of the second quarter of the nineteenth century in Russia?
(a) American Pragmatism.
(b) German Romanticism.
(c) English Humanism.
(d) American Transcendentalism.

15. What do hedgehogs represent in the adage that "the fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing"?
(a) Society.
(b) Political calculations.
(c) Abstractions.
(d) The concreteness of experience.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Herzen and Bakunin express the value they shared?

2. According to Berlin, what did Tolstoy have the greatest faith in?

3. What did Herzen predict in "From the Other Shore"?

4. Which thinker affected Herzen?

5. Whose writing was Russia "intellectually dependent" upon?

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