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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What model did populists see as the basis for reform?
(a) Peasant communes.
(b) Aristocratic fiefdoms.
(c) Native-American tribes.
(d) European nation-states.

2. How was Turgenev's novels seen by the Russian government?
(a) Turgenev's novels were banned as subversive.
(b) Turgenev's novels were not safe.
(c) Turgenev's novels represented the ideal Russian society.
(d) Turgenev's novels were charming and harmless.

3. According to Berlin, why is there not a good biography of Alexander Herzen?
(a) Because Herzen's biographers were censored by the government.
(b) Because Herzen's autobiography is so remarkable.
(c) Because Herzen destroyed all of his papers.
(d) Because Herzen's papers were all lost in a fire.

4. What was Tolstoy's opinion about his professors?
(a) Tolstoy believed that they contained the wealth of the world between themselves collectively.
(b) Tolstoy believed that they wasted their time on trivialities.
(c) Tolstoy believed that they were undermining the aristocracy.
(d) Tolstoy believed that they were fostering a revolutionary consciousness in their students.

5. Whose philosophy did Herzen follow?
(a) Plato's.
(b) Marx'.
(c) Hegel's.
(d) Rousseau's.

6. What term did Turgenev use to describe the protagonist of his novel Rudin?
(a) A superfluous man.
(b) An everyman.
(c) An ubermensch.
(d) A hero.

7. When was Herzen born?
(a) 1820.
(b) 1825.
(c) 1815.
(d) 1812.

8. How does Berlin ultimately characterize Turgenev?
(a) As the ultimate pluralist.
(b) As an artist first and foremost.
(c) As a consummate philosopher-novelist.
(d) As an articulate zealot.

9. What were the Russian Populists opposed to?
(a) Individualism on one hand and authoritarian centralism traditions on the other.
(b) The inherited privilege of the Russian aristocracy.
(c) Radical and revolutionary organizations that wanted to bring about change through violence.
(d) The Europeanization of Russian culture.

10. What ideas did Tolstoy believe in?
(a) Tolstoy advocated for a strict aristocracy to keep the unruly impulses of the masses under control.
(b) Tolstoy proposed the right of Russia to govern Eastern Europe.
(c) Tolstoy believed in Russians' innate racial cohesion.
(d) Tolstoy rejected original sin and idealized the innocence of children.

11. What did Belinsky find in literature?
(a) Vicarious experiences.
(b) Evidence of a national race-life.
(c) Spiritual and emotional "ideas."
(d) Evidence of European superiority.

12. Who converted Belinsky to the idealism of Fichte and Schelling?
(a) Goncharov.
(b) Herzen.
(c) Stankevich.
(d) Gogol.

13. What kind of position has Turgenev's legacy occupied in Russian society?
(a) Turgenev has been turned into a populist hero.
(b) Turgenev has been attacked by all sides of the political spectrum.
(c) Turgenev has become a model gentleman farmer.
(d) Turgenev was turned into a martyr by the left.

14. Whom did Belinsky identify as the father of Russian literature?
(a) Lermontov.
(b) Pushkin.
(c) Dostoevsky.
(d) Turgenev.

15. What interaction did Tolstoy have with the radical Dobrolyubov?
(a) Dobrolyubov published Turgenev's first novel.
(b) Dobrolyubov challenged Turgenev to a duel, but Turgenev refused to fight.
(c) Turgenev and Dobrolyubov fought a duel.
(d) Dobrolyubov refused to talk with Turgenev when they met, once.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did Vissarion Belinsky die?

2. What was Tolstoy's experience of European ideas?

3. Where was Herzen born?

4. Which two thinkers influenced the Russian populists?

5. What novel did Turgenev publish five years after Fathers and Children?

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