Lead Up To The Russian Revolution

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Lead Up To The Russian Revolution

Test your knowledge of significant people and events in the lead up to the 1917 Russian Revolution.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    When did Nicholas 11 ascend to the throne?
    • A. 

      2010

    • B. 

      1884

    • C. 

      1894

    • D. 

      1904

    • E. 

      1984

  • 2. 
    What is the meaning of the term autocracy?
    • A. 

      A form of governemnt in which one person rules with unlimited authority and one person posseses unlimited power.

    • B. 

      A new vehicle manufactured by Ferrari.

    • C. 

      The Russian word for power.

    • D. 

      Another name for a dictator.

  • 3. 
    To whom was Nicholas married?There are 2 answers from the list below, as she changed her name after marrying Nicholas.
    • A. 

      Alexandra Windsor

    • B. 

      Alix of Hesse

    • C. 

      Lady Gaga

    • D. 

      Alexndra Fedorovna

    • E. 

      Gertrude Petersburg

  • 4. 
    Why did the Tsar fall under the influence of Rasputin?
    • A. 

      He was an old friend who he trusted.

    • B. 

      His wife believed that Rasputin was a great opera singer

    • C. 

      His wife believed that Rasputin had special powers, which could help heal their son when he suffered a bleed.

    • D. 

      All of Russia was scared of him.

  • 5. 
    When did Russia begin a program of modernisation?
    • A. 

      When the Romoanov Family first came to power

    • B. 

      In 1913 just prior to WW1

    • C. 

      Under Sergei Witte - 1892 - 1903

    • D. 

      Under Stalin with his 5 Year Programs

    • E. 

      When Lenin came to power

  • 6. 
    How did the Russian government pay for the modernisation?
    • A. 

      Huge foreign loans

    • B. 

      Increased taxes on nobles

    • C. 

      Sold off some of therir territory to the Japanese

    • D. 

      Sold Alasaka to United Staes of America

  • 7. 
    What effect did the modernisation have on the peasantry?
    • A. 

      Drew many peasants to the cities seeking work

    • B. 

      Improved their living conditions

    • C. 

      Made farming easier for the peasants due to the new farm machinery being produced in the factories

    • D. 

      They had electricity in their homes for the first time

  • 8. 
    Which of the following were reasons for discontent prior to 1905? You can select as many (1 - 5) of the answers as you think are correct  from the list below.
    • A. 

      Poor working conditions in the factories

    • B. 

      Lack of political reform

    • C. 

      The October Manifesto

    • D. 

      Brutal repression of opposition

    • E. 

      Russo Japanese war

  • 9. 
    What affect did the modernisation process have on the nobles in Russia?
    • A. 

      They became frustrated with the cars they bought

    • B. 

      Nobles lost some of their power to the new industrial entrepreneurs

    • C. 

      Had difficulty learning how to drive cars

    • D. 

      Boycotted anything produced in the new industrial factories

  • 10. 
    The Bolsheviks were part of which broad political group.
    • A. 

      Liberals

    • B. 

      Social Revolutionaries

    • C. 

      Marxists

    • D. 

      Monarchists

  • 11. 
    • A. 

      He thought it was good time to start reform

    • B. 

      He was pressured into it by Sergei Witte

    • C. 

      Rasputin suggested it as a means to hold off revolution

    • D. 

      To appease the liberals by offering civil liberties and a state duma

    • E. 

      To stop the people of Russia thinking about the defeat in the Russo - Japanese war of 1905

  • 12. 
    Who was Peter Stolypin?
    • A. 

      Rasputins minder from 1906 to 1912

    • B. 

      Prime Minister of Russia from 1906 to 1911

    • C. 

      President of Russia from 1904 to 1910

    • D. 

      Tsaravich Alexei's minder from 1905 to 1910

    • E. 

      Minister of Interior from 1904 to 1913

  • 13. 
    Who was Sergei Witte?
    • A. 

      A famous Russian Playwright

    • B. 

      A Famous Russian General

    • C. 

      Principal dancer of the Bolshei Ballet from 1907 to 1914

    • D. 

      Responsible for the October Manifesto

    • E. 

      Gregoria Witte's younger brother

  • 14. 
    Who was Lenin?
    • A. 

      Leader of the Mensheviks

    • B. 

      Co Author fo the Communist Manifesto

    • C. 

      A member of the Beatles

    • D. 

      Leader of the Bolsheviks

  • 15. 
    When and where was Peter Stolypin assassinated?
    • A. 

      At the Bolshei ballet performance of Swan Lake on 29th February 1911

    • B. 

      At the Kiev Opera house on 1st Septemebr 1911

    • C. 

      At the Winter Palace on Bloody Sunday 1905

    • D. 

      He was not assassinated

  • 16. 
    What was important about Stolypins ideas?
    • A. 

      Stolypin attempted to provide a balance between the introduction of much needed land reform and suppression of radicals

    • B. 

      Stolypin understood the need to make the Duma open to universal suffrage

    • C. 

      Stolypin was a first to convince Tsar Nicholas 11 of the need for reform

    • D. 

      Stolypin was the first Russian to survive an asassintion attempt whilst in the Duma

  • 17. 
    Waht role did Trotsky play in the 1905 uprisings (Revolution)?
    • A. 

      Led the Bloody Sunday march on the Winter Palace

    • B. 

      Leader of the first St Petersburg Soviet formed in 1905

    • C. 

      Led an assassination attempt on Nicholas 11

    • D. 

      Created the seperation between Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks

  • 18. 
    Who was the leader of the Duma in January 1917?
    • A. 

      Rodzyanko

    • B. 

      Stalin

    • C. 

      Lenin

    • D. 

      Rasputin

    • E. 

      Kerensky

  • 19. 
    What was the capital of the Russian Empire at the turn of the century (1900)?
    • A. 

      Leningrad

    • B. 

      Stalingrad

    • C. 

      Moscow

    • D. 

      St Petersburg

    • E. 

      Petrograd

  • 20. 
    What was the capital of Russia called after WW1 was declared?
    • A. 

      Leningrad

    • B. 

      Stalingrad

    • C. 

      Moscow

    • D. 

      St Petersburg

    • E. 

      Petrograd

  • 21. 
    Who led the march on the Winter Palace in 1905?
    • A. 

      Leon Trotsky

    • B. 

      Vladimir Lenin

    • C. 

      Josef Stalin

    • D. 

      Father Gapon

    • E. 

      Father Gregorio Rasputin

  • 22. 
    Is is estimated how many people marched on the Winter Palace on Bloody Sunday?
    • A. 

      Approximatley 200

    • B. 

      Approximatley 500

    • C. 

      Approximatley 5000

    • D. 

      Approximatley 50000

    • E. 

      Approximatley 200000

  • 23. 
    When did Tasr Nicholas 11 abdicate?
    • A. 

      February 1916

    • B. 

      October 1916

    • C. 

      February 1917

    • D. 

      October 1917

  • 24. 
    What was  "zemstva"?
    • A. 

      A federal government organisation

    • B. 

      A local government organisation

    • C. 

      An international government organisation

    • D. 

      A Russian fashion design house responsible for dressing the Royal family.

  • 25. 
    Who killed Rasputin?
    • A. 

      Tsar Nicholas 11

    • B. 

      Prince of Pruple Rain

    • C. 

      Prince Felix Yusupov

    • D. 

      Peter Stolypin

    • E. 

      Head of the Ohkrana

  • 26. 
    What was a Duma?
    • A. 

      Used on beds instead of blankets in Russia

    • B. 

      A local council

    • C. 

      An elected parliament

    • D. 

      The name given to the Tsars advisers

    • E. 

      The group of people who led the Russian Orthodox church

  • 27. 
    Which of the following was not one of Tsar Nicholas's children?
    • A. 

      Olga

    • B. 

      Anastasia

    • C. 

      Maria

    • D. 

      Alexei

    • E. 

      Rizania

  • 28. 
    Which group of Historians believe WW1 was the most inmportant factor in the Russian Revolution?
    • A. 

      Soviet Historians

    • B. 

      Liberal Historians

    • C. 

      Revisionist Historians

  • 29. 
    Follow the link to play the media file and then answer the question. Do the lyrics of this song accurately represent Rasputin and his impact on the Russian Royal family?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvDMlk3kSYg
  • 30. 
    Take the time to view in full this video (approx. 8 minutes). After watching this video would you change any of your answers in the test?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdAt2pTtjpM