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(七 ) 33. Questions 33-37.

One of the most intriguing stories of the RussianRevolution concerns the identity of Anastasia, the youngest daughter of CzarNicholas II. During his reign over Russia, the Czar had planned torevoke many of the harsh laws established by previous czars. Some workers andpeasants, however, clamored for more rapid social reform. In 1918 a group of these people, known asBolsheviks, overthrew the government. On July 17 or 18, they murdered the Czarand what was thought to be his entire family.

Although witnesses vouched that all the members of theCzar's family had been executed, there were rumors suggesting that Anastasiahad survived. Over the years, a number of women claimed to be Grand DuchessAnastasia. Perhaps the best nown claimant was Anastasia Tschaikovsky, who wasalso known as Anna Anderson.

In 1920, eighteen months after the Czar's execution, thisterrified young woman was rescued from drowning in a Berlin river. She spent two years in ahospital, where she attempted to reclaim her health and shattered mind.

Thedoctors and nurses thought that she resembled Anastasia and questioned heerabout her background. She disclaimed any connection with the Czar's family.

Eight years later, though, she claimed that she wasAnastasia. She said that she had been rescued by two Russian soldiers after theCzar and the rest of her family had been killed. Two brothers namedTschaikovsky had carried her into Romania. She had married one of thebrothers, who had taken her to Berlinand left her there, penniless and without a vocation. Unable to invoke the aidof her mother's family in Germany,she had tried to drown herself.

During the next few years, scores of the Czar's relatives,ex-servants, and acquaintances interviewed her. Many of these people said thather looks and mannerisms were evocative of the Anastasia that they had known.Her grandmother and other relatives denied that she was the real Anastasia,however.

Tried of being accused of fraud, Anastasia immigrated tothe United Statesin 1928 and took the name Anna Anderson. She still wished to prove that she wasAnastasia, though, and returned to Germany in 1933 to bring suitagainst her mother's family. There she declaimed to the court, asserting thatshe was indeed Anastasia and deserved her inheritance

In 1957, the court decided that it could neither confirmnor deny Anastasia's identity. Although we will probably never know whetherthis woman was the Grand Duchess Anastasia, her search to establish heridentity has been the subject of numerous books, plays, and movies.

33 Some Russian peasants and workers___for social reform.

A. longed B. cried out C. begged D. hoped E. thought much

34. Witnesses ___ that all members of the Czar's family hadbeen executed.
A. gave assurance B. thought C. hoped D. convinced some E.answer not stated

35. Tschaikovsky ____any connection with the Czar's family.
A. denied B. stopped C. noted D. justified E. answer notstated

36. She was unable to ___the aid of her relative. A. locateB. speak about C. call upon D. identify E. know

37. In court she ___ maintaining that she was Anastasia anddeserved her inheritance.
A. finally appeared B. spoke forcefully C. testified D.gave evidence E. answer not stated


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