Quiz questions based on A People's Tragedy: the Russian Revolution 1891-24

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1. The Smolny autocrats in 1917 did not permit which of the following:

  • The formation of the Cheka
  • The abolition of the Constituent Assembly
  • The Declaration of the Rights of Nations
  • Politcal Elections
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2. Which best describes the New Economic policy introduced in 1920?

  • Lenin overturned War Communism and introduced a mixed economy
  • There was forced labour supression of trade unions
  • the nep men introduced free trade
  • Stalin abolished it in 1928 as part of the Great Turn

3. The Lena River Massacre of 1912 was illustrative because

  • it showed the political divisions behind the dissolution of the Duma system in 1911.
  • ...the Workers movements had been revived.
  • politcal unrest had not been brought to an end after 1906.
  • ...more protests and strikes followed afterwards.

4. What did Lenin mean when he spoke of the "prison of the peoples"?

  • Socialist parties in Finland, Poland and the Baltic were grounds for persecution
  • National movements formed a central part of revolution
  • He was against Witte's comment, "the Jews are too oppressed".
  • The Tsar's motto of Autocracy, Orthodoxy and Nationality subordinated non-russian peoples to cultural domination

5. Which answer best explains why the army turned into a revolutionary mob in 1917?

  • Commanders had better food and conditions in the trenches than the officer class.
  • Moral discipline weakened as conditions at front worsened.
  • Commanders were appointed on account of loyalty to the courts.
  • There was a lack of clear command structure in the army.


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