Final Exam

DUE Tuesday, May 1st at 1pm.
For this exam, answer one of the questions below.  You must show an understanding of the material presented in class as well as your textbook and documents by directly citing information. The paper should be approximately 5 pages in length and must be typed, double-spaced. Your answer should include correct grammar, syntax, organization and referencing.

Please reference material as follows:

Textbook (Thompson, pp. # )
Sourcebook (Author, Title, paragraph number)
Documents handed out (author, short title, pp# if available)
Communist Manifesto (Marx, pp.#)
Films (movie: subject) (movie: Last Tsar) (Movie: October Revolution)

The exam is due in class. Late work will be penalized 10% per day, except in cases of extended illness or a family emergency.

1) Why did the soviet experiment fail?

2) Discuss the issues facing the Soviet Union by the 1970's and 80's.  How well have these been dealt with since the fall of the USSR in 1991?

3) Examine the most important successes and failures from Khrushchev to Gorbachev justifying your choices.

Students are welcome to propose an alternative question, but this must be approved by the professor.