Terror and the Purges Quiz

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1. What were the results of the Purges?

  • Social control but a lack of political control
  • Lacklustre economy, decimation of the armed forces and social and political control of society
  • Decimation of the armed forces and people as well as mass famine
  • Booming economy, decimation of the people, political control
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2. What were the main causes of the purges?

  • The Ryutin platform, the Congress of Victors and Stalin's death
  • Kirov's death and the peasant revolts
  • Stalin's personality, the Ryutin platform, the Congress of Victors and the murder of Kirov
  • Stalin's personality, the Congress of Victors and Ryutin's death

3. What were the benefits to Stalin of Kirov's death?

  • He could kill everyone in the Party and rule completely alone
  • He had a pretext to purge anyone in the Party that he felt might be a threat and and opportunity to ensure the population was under his control
  • He could get rid of Yagoda
  • He had a pretext to purge anyone in the Party who agreed with his ideas

4. What were the economic impacts of Terror?

  • Corruption and falsification production levels as managers fear failure to meet targets and a loss of skilled labour due to targeting of the intelligentsia
  • The economy began to improve as many targets were met
  • Managers lied about productipn levels so their factories could gain more employees
  • Peasants had to pay triple taxes for a year

5. Who were killed in the Trial of the 16?

  • Radek
  • Zinoviev and Kamenev
  • Yezhov
  • Bukharin

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