Terror and the Purges Quiz

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1. 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
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2. What were the economic impacts of Terror?

  • Managers lied about productipn levels so their factories could gain more employees
  • Peasants had to pay triple taxes for a year
  • 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

3. 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

4. What were the social impacts of the Terror?

  • Friends and family of the victims were likely to become victims themselves and social bonds of friendship breakdown due to fear
  • Frienship broke down because propaganda said people were better when they were independent
  • Families of the victims gained compensation
  • More people attended social events to console those who had lost a family member to the purges.

5. Who took over control of the NKVD after Yezhov in 1938?

  • Beria
  • Ryutin
  • Yagoda
  • Stalin

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