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?