1. How did Rasputin gain such a strong influence over the czarina? What was his effect on the process of policy making within Russian government? What qualities do you think Rasputin had that made him a powerful character in Russia?
2. What was Rasputin’s role in the coming of the Russian Revolution?
3. Discuss the validity of the following statement: “For the first time in history, a revolution is being engineered not from below but from above, not by people against their government, but by the government against the welfare of the people.” How does this statement reflect the course of events that took place in the life of the czar?
4. What caused the Russian people to revolt against the czar in March 1917?