Listen&Learn: The Russian Revolution

Soldiers demonstrate in Russian Revolution February 1917

Pre-listening vocabulary

  • revolution: a successful change in a country’s political system
  • rebel: to stand up against a government or system
  • famine: an extreme shortage of food
  • poverty: a lack of money and resources
  • party: an organized group that attempts to gain political power
  • communism: a system where the government controls the production of goods

Listening activity

Gapfill exercise

The Russian Revolution was a period of time when the working class of Russia rebelled against the . This revolution began in 1917, when Russia was still involved in World War I. The war had caused famine and poverty throughout the . The people of Russia suffered poor working conditions, long hours, and low pay. In early 1917, the workers decided to go on strike. They were standing up against Russia’s ruler, Tsar Nicholas II. A political party known as the Bolsheviks, led by a man named Vladimir Lenin, was gaining from the working class. The Bolsheviks believed that communism was the only to poverty in Russia. After the protests became too much to handle, Nicholas II was forced to step down from the throne. The Bolsheviks gained soon after that, and Russia became a communist country.

Comprehension questions

1. The Russian Revolution began in

Correct! Wrong!

The Russian Revolution began in 1917.

2. The people of Russia were protesting

Correct! Wrong!

The people of Russia were protesting poor working conditions.

3. The ruler of Russia at the start of the revolution was

Correct! Wrong!

The ruler of Russia at the start of the revolution was Tsar Nicholas II.

Discussion/essay questions

  1. Imagine the Russian Revolution never took place. How would this change the course of history?

Transcript

The Russian Revolution was a period of time when the working class of Russia rebelled against the government. This revolution began in 1917, when Russia was still involved in World War I. The war had caused famine and poverty throughout the country. The people of Russia suffered poor working conditions, long hours, and low pay. In early 1917, the workers decided to go on strike. They were standing up against Russia’s ruler, Tsar Nicholas II. A political party known as the Bolsheviks, led by a man named Vladimir Lenin, was gaining support from the working class. The Bolsheviks believed that communism was the only solution to poverty in Russia. After the protests became too much to handle, Nicholas II was forced to step down from the throne. The Bolsheviks gained power soon after that, and Russia became a communist country. 

Written and recorded by Jaksyn Peacock for EnglishClub

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