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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What European doctrine did Herzen deplore?
(a) The notion that some must die for society to progress.
(b) The notion that the mind is fed only by direct sensory experience.
(c) The notion that Romanic idealism would triumph in workers' collectives.
(d) The notion that Europeans are superior to Russians and others.

2. What was the intellectual's role in the Populists' view?
(a) Intellectuals should work side by side with workers to undermine the aristocracy.
(b) Intellectuals should remain aloof from social transformation.
(c) Intellectuals should disseminate propaganda idealizing peasant communes.
(d) Intellectuals should give their lives to social reform.

3. How did Herzen manifest the values he shared with his circle?
(a) Herzen wrote anti-Tsarist propaganda.
(b) Herzen drank and gambled, and dabbled in tales that described his exploits.
(c) Herzen founded a revolutionary syndicate.
(d) Herzen moved to Europe to write.

4. Who advocated Russian Populism?
(a) The Second of April Committee.
(b) The Petersburg Literary Coterie.
(c) A widespread group of radicals.
(d) The Moscow Reform Party.

5. What term of contempt did Tolstoy use for writing he disliked?
(a) Aristocratic.
(b) Populist.
(c) Made up.
(d) Political.

6. Where did Tolstoy find the source of his philosophy?
(a) In the divine rights of government.
(b) In the divinity of the church.
(c) In individual experience.
(d) In the collective power of the government.

7. Where was Herzen born?
(a) Moscow.
(b) Berlin.
(c) Pinsk.
(d) Petersburg.

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

9. How did Tolstoy understand the concept of truth?
(a) Truth was defined by the church and government.
(b) Truth was relative.
(c) Truth was eternal.
(d) Truth was rooted in contingent experience.

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

11. What quality redeemed the characters based on Belinsky?
(a) World-weariness.
(b) Intense moral convictions.
(c) Simple kindness.
(d) Self-defeating clumsiness.

12. Who were Herzen's parents?
(a) Herzen's father was a gentleman; his mother was his mistress.
(b) Herzen's father was a painter; his mother was a writer.
(c) Herzen's father was a journalist; his mother was a homemaker.
(d) Herzen's father was a musician; his mother was an actress.

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

14. Which character was based on Belinsky?
(a) Vronsky in Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.
(b) Onegin in Pushkin's Eugene Onegin.
(c) Basistov in Turgenev's Rudin.
(d) Bazarov in Turgenev's Fathers and Sons.

15. When did Tolstoy's reputation change?
(a) In the early 1860s.
(b) In the early 1890s.
(c) In the late 1880s.
(d) In the mid-1870s.

Short Answer Questions

1. What term did Turgenev use to describe the protagonist of his novel Rudin?

2. Where was Herzen educated?

3. What native influence affected the Russian Populists?

4. What view of Turgenev does Berlin say is misleading?

5. What did Populists do in large scale in 1874?

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