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

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1. Which best describes the New Economic policy introduced in 1920?

  • Stalin abolished it in 1928 as part of the Great Turn
  • Lenin overturned War Communism and introduced a mixed economy
  • the nep men introduced free trade
  • There was forced labour supression of trade unions
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2. What did Lenin mean when he spoke of the "prison of the peoples"?

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

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

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

4. 25% of Russian industry was in the hands of foreign owners in1890 and by 1914 this had increased to 40%

  • True
  • False

5. What were the May Laws?

  • Laws passed by Pobedonostsev imposing Jewish Pale 1882
  • Laws enshringing rights of monarchy
  • Laws passed by Dumas after 1906
  • Laws ensuring that the Tsar was thought of as a God on earth by the peasants


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