Marxist IQ: Lenin and Marxism-Leninism (answers)

Marxist IQ: Lenin and Marxism-Leninism (answers)


1. In What Is to Be Done, V. I. Lenin developed the core concept of a vanguard party, which differed from existing Marxist parties in that it

c. sought to educate, organize, and coordinate the mass struggles of the working class to lead it to victory in the class war against the capitalist class.


2. In State and Revolution, Lenin developed a strategy for revolutionary socialism that differed from that of existing Marxist parties in that it

contended that the capitalist state had to be removed and replaced with a socialist state for socialism to develop.


3. In April 1917, Lenin’s call for the establishment of a Soviet Socialist government to replace the Provisional government became a major watershed in the history of socialism because it

contended for the first time that the Soviets could become the instrument of a Socialist government rather than merely a democratic government to protect the revolution.


4. After 1917, Lenin and the Russian Bolsheviks began referring to their party as “Communist” to distinguish them from the Social Democratic parties. Which of the following differentiated the Social Democrats from the Communists?


a. The Social Democratic parties supported WWI.
b. The Social Democratic parties believed that socialism could be achieved by the accumulation of pro-labor reforms.
c. The Social Democratic parties believed that the socialist movement was limited to the working classes in Europe and North America.
d. All of the above


5. The three components of Leninism, which together have justified Communists’ defining themselves as Marxist-Leninists, are which of the following?

The theories in What Is to Be Done (vanguard party), State and Revolution (establishment of a revolutionary socialist state), and Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism (imperialism as the degeneration of capitalism into great wars and revolutions)


6. In response to the present war raging in Ukraine, the CPUSA and most fraternal Communist parties have called for

an immediate cease fire, negotiations to address the issues that produced the conflict, and an end to long-term NATO expansion.

Your score:

0 wrong: Theoretician. Write an article! Teach a class!
1 wrong: Developed Marxist. Form a study group, join the party.
2 to 3 wrong: Class-conscious worker – study harder.
4 to 6 wrong: Danger! Deviations possible. Study and then study some more lest you drift into the marsh of opportunism!