The Gates of November: Chronicles of the Slepak Family Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What does "The Gates of November" say who about two generations according to the Intro?

Based on the Intro, "The Gates of November" shows how two generations struggle to survive in Russia during a turbulent history with the first generation being a Jewish high-ranking Communist officer while the second generation is an anti-Communist.

2. What happened to Jews in the Common Era?

In the Common Era, Jews thrived on the shores of the Black Sea and were persecuted by the Greek Orthodox Church at the start of the Common Era. The ended up fleeing to Armenia and Georgia.

3. How did Russians view the Jews?

Russians viewed the Jews as demons and the Byzantine Empire was virtually free of Jews until 1772.

4. How many Jews lived in Russia by the end of the 1800s?

By the end of the 1800s, approximately five million Jews lived in Russia and, although the Russians wanted to get rid of them, Jews focused on a revival of Jewish nationalism.

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