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

2. How did the government react to Turgenev's death?
(a) The government attacked mourners at Turgenev's funeral.
(b) The government to drastic precautions over Turgenev's funeral.
(c) The government gave Turgenev a hero's farewell.
(d) The government made sure that Turgenev was buried without fanfare.

3. What qualities did the characters based on Belinsky possess?
(a) Nihilistic recklessness.
(b) Awkward earnestness.
(c) Dreamy romanticism.
(d) Diabolical political stances.

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

5. What did the character Bazarov represent?
(a) The traditional aristocrat.
(b) Anarchy and violence.
(c) Destructive criticism and nihilism.
(d) The coming Russian Revolution.

Short Answer Questions

1. What idea caused Tolstoy agony?

2. How did Belinsky make a living?

3. What qualities did the most important leader of the Russian Populists have that made him successful?

4. How did Herzen manifest the values he shared with his circle?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was the stance of the "new men" toward Turgenev?

3. What was Tolstoy's education like?

4. How are Herzen and Turgenev similar? How are they different?

5. What was the critical consensus on Tolstoy, and how does Berlin revise it?

6. Describe Russian populism as a movement.

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

8. How did Hegel's ideas influence Herzen?

9. What Western thinkers influenced Populism?

10. Describe Belinsky's background and biography.

(see the answer keys)

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