Paired Texts > Rasputin: Mysteries of a Monk's Life and Death
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This informational text details the tragic rise and fall of the last czar, or emperor, of imperial Russia: Nicholas II.Pair “Russia’s Last Czar: Nicholas II” with “Rasputin: Mysteries of a Monk's Life and Death” and have students discuss the impact that these two individuals had on European history. Do students think the czarist government would have survived in some form if either of the two individuals did not exist, or was the Russian Empire destined to collapse at the beginning of the 20th century? Alternatively, you may ask students whether they believe one historical figure was most responsible for the fall of the Russian Empire.
In this early 20th-century story, a poor mother refuses to give up on her ailing daughter, and turns to a spiritual healer when a doctor tells her there is nothing left to do.Pair “The Faith Cure Man” with “Rasputin: Mysteries of a Monk's Life and Death” and ask students to discuss why Martha and Queen Alexandra both placed their trust in spiritual healers. In both of these texts, faith in mystical cures not only failed to save the ailing children but also led to consequences. Do students think these unfortunate outcomes were inevitable? Or was it possible for things to have played out differently?