Russka: The Novel of Russia Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Edward Rutherfurd
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ivan tell his parents he wants to be?

2. What is taking place in Moscow in November?

3. Whose military does Andrei Karpenko join after Stanislaus' visit?

4. What does the leader tell the Alans?

5. How many years does "Russka" cover?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Yanka's pregnancy and marriage.

2. Describe Andrei Karpenko's relationship with Maryushka.

3. What happens when Tsar Ivan divides his estate?

4. Who is Yanka and what is her story?

5. What is the Schism?

6. Who are the Raskolniki?

7. Describe Yanka's interactions with Peter.

8. Describe the political state of Russia in 1262.

9. What kind of political alliance does Milei suggest, and why does this injure Yanka?

10. Describe the revolution that kills Sviatopolk.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What foreign ideas, technologies, or other developments had the strongest influence?

Essay Topic 2

How would "Russka" be different if it were told more from the perspective of the women in the prominent families? What experiences dose Rutherfurd allude to, but not elaborate on, in the realm of women?

Essay Topic 3

What is the price of historical progress as Russia develops from the 1600s to the 1900s? What is gained? What is given up, or lost? For example, is brutality the price of progress, as under Tsar Peter? Was culture lost as Russia Westernized?

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