Enlightened Despots in Russia: Reforms & Goals


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How did Peter the Great centralize power and strengthen his own position?

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1. Why did Catherine the Great's legal reform fail?

2. Why did Peter the Great wage a 21-year war with Sweden?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Both Peter the Great and Catherine the Great made great strides and great mistakes in modernizing 18th-century Russia. Test your understanding of their efforts in relation to the Russian nobles, taxation, legal reforms, and international relations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz you will be tested on the following:

  • Peter the Great's role in centralizing power
  • Catherine the Great's legal reforms
  • War with Sweden
  • Examples of enlightened despotism

Skills Practiced

This assessment will test the following skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of enlightened despotism
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the modernization of Russia in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Peter the Great and Catherine the Great

Additional Learning

To enhance your knowledge of Russian history, review the lesson titled Enlightened Despots in Russia: Reforms & Goals. This lesson will help you:

  • Define enlightened despotism
  • Identify key groups such as the Boyars and the Ottoman Turks
  • Understand the contributions of Peter the Great
  • Understand the contributions of Catherine the Great