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The Tsarist Russia History Quiz #8 - The Era of the Dumas

The October Manifesto was said to have given liberties and free speech - but reality was somewhat different. 10 Questions.

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By the October Manifesto, a new constitutional arrangement was drawn up; what was the name for the ''Upper House'' of the Russian Empire?

  • The State Council
  • The State Duma
  • St. Petersburg Soviet
  • Council of Ministers under the Prime Minister

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What was the name of the ''Lower Chamber''; in which members were elected under a system of indirect voting by estates - heavily weighted in favour of the nobility and the peasants?

  • The State Council
  • St. Petersburg Soviet
  • The State Duma
  • Council of Ministers under the Prime Minister

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Five days before the first Duma met (April 23, 1906), the Tsar issued a series of Fundamental Laws reasserting his autocratic power; which of these did the Tsar not claim a right to?

  • To veto legislation.
  • To rule by decree in emergency or when the Duma was not in session.
  • To appoint and dismiss government ministers and to dissolve the Duma if he wished.
  • The Tsar claimed all of the claims above.

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In which year did the Social Democratic Workers' Party split in the Bolsheviks (led by Vladimir Lenin) and the Mensheviks (led by Julius Martov)?

  • 1903
  • 1905
  • 1908
  • 1916

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While the Bolsheviks believed in a peasant and proletariat alliance, centralised under party guidance; what did the Mensheviks believe in?

  • Creation of a constitutional monarchy and compulsory redistribution of large privately owned estates.
  • Favoured terrorism to achieve aims.
  • Cooperation with the bourgeoisie and liberals and the use of legal channels of opposition.
  • Nationalisation of non-peasant land and democratic representation.

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Which of these political parties or fringe groups in the State Duma had accepted the October Manifesto and opposed further concessions to the workers and the peasants?

  • Trudoviks
  • Progressives
  • Kadets
  • Octobrists

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What name was given to the First Duma (May-July 1906); the Duma was boycotted by the Bolsheviks, Social Revolutionaries and the extreme right wing Union of the Russia People?

  • ''Duma of Declining Influence''
  • ''Duma of Lords and Lackeys''
  • ''Duma of National Hopes''
  • ''Duma of National Anger''

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Which party in the State Duma was Tsar Nicholas II sympathetic towards, as they continued to believe in the bond which existed between the Tsar and the people?

  • Union of the Russian People
  • Trudoviks
  • Socialist Revolutionaries
  • Kadets

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What was the name of the clairvoyant and ''faith healer'' which arose in the Russian Court; his nickname in Russian meaning ''dissolute''?

  • Sergei Witte
  • Grigorii Rasputin
  • Father Gapon
  • Pyotr Stolypin

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What was the name of the Tsar Nicholas II's and his wife Tsarina Alexandra's haemophiliac son, who's pain was said to have been reduced by Rasputin - the Tsarina later calling him a ''Man of God''?

  • Aleksei
  • Mikhail
  • Vladimir
  • Sergei