Past exam-style questions on Russia

Series of exam-style questions on Russia.

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Past Exam Questions:
Key Question 1: Why did the Tsarist regime collapse in 1917?
Key Question 2: How did the Bolsheviks gain power, and how did they consolidate
their rule?
(a) What happened on Bloody Sunday, January 1905? [4]
(b) Explain why Nicholas II survived the 1905 revolution. [6]
(c) `The main reason why Tsarist rule ended in 1917 was because of the influence of
How far do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer. [10]
Jan 2010
(a)What was the Petrograd Soviet? (4)
(b)Explain why the Provisional Government failed (6)
(c)`War Communism was the most important reason why the Bolsheviks won the Civil
War' How far do you agree with this statement Explain your answer(10)
June 2010
(a)What problems did the Provisional Government face in 1917? (4)
(b)Explain why the Bolsheviks were able to seize power October 1917 (6)
(c)How far was the New Economic Policy a success? (10)
Jan 2011
(a)Describe how Russia was ruled at the beginning of the twentieth century (4)
(b) Explain why there was a revolution in Russia in 1905 (6)
(c) How far was World War One the main reason for the abdication of the Tsar in
March 1917? (10)
June 2011
(a) What were the main grievances of the Russian people in the early twentieth
century? (4)
(b) Explain why Tsar Nicholas II was able to remain on power 1905-6? (6)
(c) How successfully did the Tsarist regime deal with the difficulties of ruling Russia
between 1906 and 1914? Explain your answer
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Key Question 3: How did Stalin gain and hold on to power?
Key Question 4: What was the impact of Stalin's economic policies?
(a) Explain the main features of the five year plans (4)
(b)Explain why Stalin introduced the Five Year Plan (6)
(c) The following brought misery to the Soviet people during the 1930s:
(i) the secret police;
(ii) the purges;
(iii) collectivisation.
Which of these do you think brought the greatest misery?
Explain your answer, referring only to (i), (ii) and (iii).…read more


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