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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 balance did Belinsky strike in his career?
(a) Belinsky's life balanced between aristocracy and rusticity.
(b) Belinsky's life balanced between progress and conservatism.
(c) Belinsky's life balanced between violence with restraint.
(d) Belinsky's life balanced between literature and farming.

2. Who was Tolstoy's sole close friend?
(a) Chernyshevsky.
(b) Dobrolyubov.
(c) Fet.
(d) Mikhailovsky.

3. What was Belinsky's father like?
(a) Belinsky's father was a bureaucrat in the agriculture ministry.
(b) Belinsky's father was a gentleman farmer.
(c) Belinsky's father was an engraver.
(d) Belinsky's father was a retired naval doctor who drank.

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

5. Which principles did Belinsky never abandon?
(a) English Humanism.
(b) German Romanticism.
(c) French Decadence.
(d) Russian Nationalism.

Short Answer Questions

1. How widely was Belinsky read?

2. When did Turgenev die?

3. Which two thinkers influenced the Russian populists?

4. Where was Herzen born?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Where did characters based on Belinsky appear in Russian literature?

2. What was Turgenev's political stance, and how had he formulated it?

3. What was Tolstoy's education like?

4. Why did Turgenev and Botkin despise Chernychevsky?

5. What talent did Turgenev share with English poet John Keats?

6. How did Tolstoy's theories and values appear in his novels?

7. What signs indicate the importance of Belinsky in Russian culture?

8. What qualities did the characters based on Belinsky have?

9. What balances did Belinsky strike in his social status and identity?

10. What Western thinkers influenced Populism?

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