How Much Do You Know About the Long Lost Princess Anastasia?

By: John Miller
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
Princess Anastasia was the daughter of an important family in which country?
Australia
Russia
She was better known as Princess Anastasia, but her full title was Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia. She had a short and tragic life.
United States

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What was special about Anastasia’s father, Nicholas?
He was the last tsar of Russia.
Her father, Nicholas II, was Russia’s final tsar. After his rule, the country would undergo massive and sudden changes.
He was a Communist celebrity.
He was friends with Hitler.

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Nicholas II was part of a dynasty that ruled Russia for how long?
30 years
three centuries
Nicholas II was the last of the Romanov dynasty, which held power in Russia for three centuries. But the dynasty would soon be no more.
three months

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As a young child, where did Anastasia live?
in a small village
in a palace
Anastasia and her family lived in Tsarskoe Palace during her younger days. It was a sprawling and amazing place for a young girl to roam.
in a townhouse with a pool

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What sort of education did Anastasia receive?
She gave up school by age 5.
She had a tutor.
Her mother taught Anastasia the basics. Later, a Swiss tutor began instructing the young student in more advanced subjects.
She was a duchess, she didn’t need education.

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Anastasia’s personality was described as _____.
completely rebellious
smart and talented
Anastasia was an intelligent and talented young girl ... and kind of naughty, too. Her family sometimes called her simply "little one."
kind of dumb, really

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Which conflict broke out during Anastasia’s childhood?
World War I
In 1914, World War I consumed much of Europe, and Russia would be plunged into the chaos. The violence would affect the reign of Nicholas II.
Spanish Civil War
American Civil War

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Who was Grigori Rasputin?
a spy
an elected official
a mystic and political manipulator
Grigori Rasputin was a peasant and mystic who bonded with Nicholas II’s wife and came to befriend the family. In time, he wielded political power in Russian affairs.

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When Nicholas II left town to attend to war matters, what did Rasputin do?
He killed everyone.
He cozied up to the family.
Rasputin was a manipulative man who cozied up to Nicholas’ wife, Alexandra. The two of them made important political decisions while Nicholas was away attending to matters of war. He may have expedited the family's fall from grace.
He disappeared for weeks.

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Anastasia may have suffered from which condition?
leprosy
hemophilia
It’s known that some of the family tended to bleed more heavily than normal. It’s very possible that Anastasia had a form of hemophilia, which caused her to bleed a lot when cut.
HIV

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When Anastasia was born, how did members of the Russian royal court respond?
extreme disappointment
Anastasia was the fourth baby girl in a row ... and as such​, a disappointment, because it meant Nicholas II had no heir. His wife would later give birth to a son.
total joy
indifference

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What event began to unfold in early 1917?
Great Depression
World War II
Russian Revolution
In 1917, Russian politics were at a boil, and the Russian Revolution began. Multiple factions fought to replace the old tsarist regime.

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Why did Nicholas II decide to abdicate his throne in March 1917?
Rasputin told him to
afraid for his life
to avoid civil war
In March 1917, Nicholas II realized the political situation was hopeless. He gave up his throne and his family’s rights to power to avoid civil war.

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What happened to Nicholas’ family after he abdicated the throne?
They were arrested.
The family was arrested and imprisoned. They were not allowed to wander outside at all.
They were exiled to Cuba.
They were sent on vacation.

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How many revolutions were there in Russia in 1917?
one
two
In 1917, there were two revolutions in Russia. To say that there was a power struggle going on would be a vast understatement. The Romanov​ dynasty was all but over.
eight

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Which country offered to grant the Romanovs asylum ... and then retracted the offer?
Britain
Nicholas II wanted to escape to Britain, and the British agreed ... and then retracted the offer, not wanting to further inflame the tensions of WWI. Instead, the family was imprisoned in the Ural Mountains.
Japan
Canada

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Where was the family imprisoned during the Russian Revolution?
a hole in the ground
a gulag
a mansion
A provisional government put the family up in a lavish mansion. They had very little freedom, but they were extremely comfortable during their confinement.

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As the family languished in captivity, who gained power in Russia?
Vladimir Lenin
Vladimir Lenin was the leader of the Bolsheviks, a revolution-minded socialist who wanted to transform Russia. In October 1917, the Bolsheviks began seizing power as part of the October Revolution.
Leo Tolstoy
Adolf Hitler

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The Bolsheviks gained more power in Russia and transferred the Romanovs to a town called Yekaterinburg. What happened there?
They told jokes to pass the time.
They all played hopscotch.
They shot the entire family.
After the family was transferred, roughly one dozen Bolsheviks appeared. They were executioners who gunned down the family without mercy.

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What happened to the bodies of the family?
mutilated and buried
The executioners mutilated the bodies and buried them in the forest. They didn’t even spare the family dog.
no one knows
strung up for display

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Reports said that some family members survived the initial hail of bullets. How?
They hid in a cellar.
Hidden gems deflected bullets.
Some reports said that some family members hid gems in their clothes that deflected bullets, allowing them to survive. But the Bolsheviks stabbed or clubbed the survivors to death.
They attacked their assailants.

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Many legends claimed what about Anastasia?
She actually killed her own father.
She escaped and survived.
After the killings shocked the world, some people began to believe that Anastasia had somehow escaped the murderous carnage ... and that she was still alive and living in secrecy.
She married Lenin in exchange for her life.

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How did Vladimir Lenin address rumors about Anastasia’s supposed survival?
He said she was certainly alive.
He didn’t confirm anything.
Lenin said definitively that Nicholas II was dead ... but his wife and children? He didn’t want to confirm that his men had killed innocent women and kids. So rumors of Anastasia’s survival gained momentum.
He said she was definitely dead.

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In 1920, a young woman, who some believed was Anastasia, was pulled out of a canal in what city?
Omaha
Berlin
The young woman pulled from a Berlin canal didn’t claim she was Anastasia ... but others in a mental hospital did. In a weird turn of events, her supposed identity caught the public’s attention, and suddenly, a Romanov was reborn.
Seattle

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Nicholas’ sister (and Anastasia’s aunt) visited the woman who was supposedly Anastasia. What did she say about her?
She was a stranger.
Anastasia’s aunt met the woman in a hospital and immediately recognized her as an imposter. She said it was like looking at a stranger.
She was Anastasia for sure.
She wasn’t sure if the woman was related.

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In 1979, who found the secret graves of part of the Romanov family?
American spies
Soviet scientists
amateur historians
In 1979, amateur historians managed to locate the graves of the royal couple and three of their children. But two children were still missing.

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What event helped the investigation in 1991?
collapse of USSR
In 1991, the USSR collapsed and scientists performed tests on the remains, concluding that they were indeed those of the Romanovs. But there was still the matter of two missing bodies.
Cuban Revolution
Americans invaded Russia

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In 2007, what tests did scientists perform on remains from a second grave site?
X-ray
DNA
In 2007, scientists performed DNA testing on remains found at a second gravesite. They concluded that all family members were accounted for.
blind test

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How old was Anastasia when she was killed?
9
17
Anastasia was the second-youngest child in the family. She was just 17 when she was killed in July 1918.
29

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True or false? I​s there a chance that Anastasia may have escaped and survived?
true
false
Conspiracy theorists will always claim otherwise, but no, Anastasia didn’t survive. Science has concluded that all members of the family are dead.

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