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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What dictum of Schelling's represented the Russian literary scene in the nineteenth century?
(a) Writers capture the times better than sociologists do.
(b) Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
(c) Idealism lives in literature but grows old and dies in prison.
(d) The arts are the last thing to change in a culture.

2. Whose writing was Russia "intellectually dependent" upon?
(a) Hume and Locke.
(b) Fichte and Schelling.
(c) Flaubert and Rousseau.
(d) Plato and Plotinus.

3. Who was exiled to Siberia because of the trial of a group of conspirators?
(a) Nikolai Gogol.
(b) Alexander Pushkin.
(c) Fyodor Dostoevsky.
(d) Leo Tolstoy.

4. How does Berlin describe conservative Romantics?
(a) Conservative Romantics believed that mechanical reforms would not work without a deep understanding of the Russian soul
(b) Conservative Romantics believed that progress was a trap, and that the only way out would be to develop Russian nationalism.
(c) Conservative Romantics believed that intellectuals could thrive without changing the aristocratic government.
(d) Conservative Romantics believed that the best progress was a return to traditional Russian values.

5. Who spread German Romantic philosophy in student circles?
(a) Nikolai Gogol.
(b) Nicholas Stankevich.
(c) Pavel Annenkov.
(d) Vissarion Belinksy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What value did Herzen and Bakunin share?

2. What is the stereotype of the Russian intellectual?

3. When did the Decembrist rebellion take place?

4. What were de Maistre's views?

5. Which thinker affected Herzen?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Joseph de Maistre and what ideas did Tolstoy share with him?

2. How did Bakunin react to Hegel's philosophy?

3. Describe the difference between progressive and reactionary Romanticism.

4. What did Nicholas Stankevich find attractive in Hegel's theories?

5. What was the heart of the Romantic notion that held the Russian intelligentsia in Germany's influence?

6. What were the three accomplishments of the intellectuals who rose to prominence in the 1830s and 40s?

7. What saying of Schelling's represents the relationship of artists to their times in Russian ideology of the mid-nineteenth century?

8. What was Annenkov's role in the circle of Russian Intelligentsia?

9. Name some of the thinkers who influenced Herzen's thinking.

10. How did Tsar Nicholas respond to the European revolutions of 1848?

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