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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where was Belinsky born?
(a) Berlin.
(b) Moscow.
(c) Minsk.
(d) Finland.

2. What theme does Turgenev's novel Fathers and Children deal with?
(a) It describes the ascent of a new generation of radical families.
(b) It describes the problem of nihilism and anarchism within an industrial society.
(c) It recounts Turgenev's travels to Europe and the ideas he found there.
(d) It is centered on the relationship between Turgenev's generation and the generation of radicals that followed him.

3. Who changed the consensus about Tolstoy?
(a) Dobrolyubov.
(b) Fet.
(c) Mikhailovsky.
(d) Chernyshevsky.

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

5. How were Tolstoy's early stories received?
(a) They earned him a reputation as a promising writer.
(b) They were banned.
(c) They made him an instant celebrity.
(d) They were not noticed until after his death.

6. When did Turgenev die?
(a) 1883.
(b) 1881.
(c) 1875.
(d) 1861.

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

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

9. Who was the most important leader among the Russian Populists?
(a) Bakunin.
(b) Herzen.
(c) Chernyshevsky.
(d) Gogol.

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

11. What was Tolstoy's experience of European ideas?
(a) Tolstoy's travels throughout Europe showed him the superior forms of social organization.
(b) Tolstoy's friendship with European writers showed him the inevitability of revolutionary change.
(c) From his reading of European thinkers, Tolstoy saw the flaws in Russian society.
(d) After traveling to Europe, Tolstoy became contemptuous of European "expertise."

12. How did Herzen apply the philosophy of the philosopher whose work he followed?
(a) Herzen concluded that no one grand theory could solve society's problems.
(b) Herzen wasted his time on drinking and gambling as a rebellion against a rational society.
(c) Herzen found beauty in nature, and tried to escape from a corrupt society.
(d) Herzen applied theories methodically and pragmatically to social problems.

13. When did Russian Populism begin to decline?
(a) After the conviction of the Petrachevsky Circle.
(b) After the opening of the Trans-Siberia railroad in 1889.
(c) After the abolition of serfdom in 1861.
(d) After the death of the Tsar in 1881.

14. What sentiment ultimately moved the Populists?
(a) Lust for power.
(b) Revulsion from capitalism.
(c) Longing for political stability.
(d) Idealistic hope for social justice.

15. How widely was Belinsky read?
(a) Belinsky was read even in the Russian provinces.
(b) Belinsky was only known in small circles of Petersburg intelligentsia.
(c) Belinsky was only known in small circles of Moscow intelligentsia.
(d) Belinsky was known primarily in Europe.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the character Bazarov represent?

2. What model did populists see as the basis for reform?

3. What European doctrine did Herzen deplore?

4. What native influence affected the Russian Populists?

5. What was the intellectual's role in the Populists' view?

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