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Last of the Czars: Revolution


VIDEO COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

1. What was the emotional nature of Nicholas and Alexandra's marriage and why did Nicholas and Alexandra write letters to each other in English?

2. What was the prediction Rasputin made as he wrote to Nicholas II during the winter of 1916? How did Nicholas react?

3. By the year 1917, how was World War I going and how was it affecting Russia? How did the Russian people react?

4. What was Vladimir Lenin doing in Europe early in 1917?

5. Why did King George V of England reject the possibility of asylum for the Romanovs? How did Nicholas feel about King George's attitude?

6. Why did Kerensky decide to send the czar and his family to Tobolsk, instead of allowing them to escape to the Crimea as they requested?

7. Why did Lenin want to have all the Romanovs put to death?

8. What were the two sides of the Russian Civil War?

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Last of the Czars: Revolution
VIDEO COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:

1. What was the emotional nature of Nicholas and Alexandra's marriage and why did Nicholas and Alexandra write letters to each other in English?

Nicholas and Alexandra were deeply in love. Because Nicholas was Russian and Alexandra German, English was their best common language.



2. What was the prediction Rasputin made as he wrote to Nicholas II during the winter of 1916? How did Nicholas react?

Rasputin predicted that if the czar's family caused his (Rasputin's) own death, none of the czar's family would live past two years. He stated that they would be killed by the Russian people. Nicholas tore up Rasputin's letter and rejected his prediction.



3. By the year 1917, how was World War I going and how was it affecting Russia? How did the Russian people react?

Czar Nicholas II had made little headway against the enemy. The war was bleeding the nation dry of men and resources. The Russian people were starting to panic with fear for their well being.



4. What was Vladimir Lenin doing in Europe early in 1917?

Lenin was working to build up the small Bolshevik party while in exile in Switzerland.



5. Why did King George V of England reject the possibility of asylum for the Romanovs? How did Nicholas feel about King George's attitude?

Fearing a threat to conservatism and to his dynasty, he did not want to be associated with the hated and fallen Romanovs. Nicholas could not have left Russia anyway, even if he had a place to go.



6. Why did Kerensky decide to send the czar and his family to Tobolsk, instead of allowing them to escape to the Crimea as they requested?

Tobolsk was in Siberia and was without railway lines, which would prevent the Bolsheviks from capturing or harming the Romanovs. Decent accommodations could be provided there.



7. Why did Lenin want to have all the Romanovs put to death?

Lenin felt the Romanovs were responsible for hanging his older brother years earlier.



8. What were the two sides of the Russian Civil War?

In the south, a pro-czarist faction called the "Whites" formed, while the Bolsheviks (communists) formed the "Red" side.



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