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1. This 20th Century poet started off mainly writing about love; for a while, she was a member of the Acmeist group. Her poem collections from that period include "Evening" and "Rosary". She later moved on to other subject matter, including patriotism and religion. Her most dramatic poems include "Requiem" and "Poem Without A Hero". Who is she?
2. This poet of the second half of 20th century spent the latter part of his life in the United States, and was even the poet laureate of the United States in 1991-92. Despite writing about the heaviest subjects of life, death, and the meaning of life, he believed strongly in the universal appeal of poetry. His poetry collections include "A Part of Speech", "History of the Twentieth Century", and "To Urania". Who is this poet?
3. Moving back in time to the late 19th century, we find this writer and playwright. He perfected the form of short story, injecting it with humor and realism. His most recognizable works are his plays, such as "Seagull", "Three Sisters", and "Dyadya Vanya". Who is this remarkable playwright?
4. Going back even further, we find this 19th century novelist who delved deep into people's psychological reasons for doing right and wrong. His works include "Brothers Karamazov", "The Idiot", and "The Possessed". Who is he?
5. Now we get back to early 20th century. This poet came from a simple peasant background. His most recognizable poems describe Russian nature and village life. Perhaps most widely read is his "Letter to Mother". Having embraced the Russian Revolution wholeheartedly, he later became disillusioned with it. That, together with alcoholism and personal failures led to his suicide in 1925. Who was this "prodigal son" of Russian poetry?
6. Remaining in the 20th century we get to the ardent Communist. His early works sing the praises of Bolsheviks in the Civil War. After World War II, he became the general secretary of the Writers' Union; at the same time, he published his most famous novel, "Young Guard", describing Ukrainian guerilla fighters during the war. He finally committed suicide after the denunciation of Stalin. Who was this man?
7. This 19th century writer laid the foundation of Russian realism. He is famous for the satirical "Dead Souls", short story "The Overcoat", and a narrative of Cossack life "Taras Bulba". Who is this famous writer?
8. Which writer co-authored the brilliant 1920s comedies "The Twelve Chairs" and "The Golden Calf"?
9. Which 19-Century writer was famous for writing moralistic fables, including "Grasshopper and the Ant", "The Crow and the Fox", and "Hermit and Bear"?
10. This poet was the leader of the Russian Romantic movement. His most famous work is "Hero of Our Time". Who is he?
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