|Plot Summary of Ivan the Terrible|
|" Ivan the Terrible was responsible for destroying entire cities, leaving every single person dead. People who were unfortunate enough to be his enemy were tortured, and even some of the people who considered themselves friends of Ivan were tortured. Ivan went so far as to murder his own son, who was also named Ivan. Ivan the Terrible was the first ruler of Russia to take the title of "Czar". During his reign, however, Russia conquered the land of Siberia, and his desire to conquer land transformed Russia into a large and powerful nation.
Ivan was born in the city of Moscow on August 25, 1530. Ivan was the son of ruler Vasili III, and Ivan would become Russia's ruler after his father's death in 1533. Since Ivan was far too young to rule a country, his mother, Elena Glinskaya, served as regent, but she would die only five years later when Ivan was eight years old. Even during his childhood, Ivan displayed disturbing behavior, such as throwing dogs and cats out of high windows. Ivan would officially assume royal duties on January 16, 1547. Ivan would modernize Russia's law code, and create a standing army.
Ivan would die on March 18, 1584, from what historians now believe to be poisoning, and the throne of Russia would be inherited by Ivan's son Feodor, who is believed to have been retarded. "
Nathaniel Ford, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Ivan the Terrible|
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- evil human rights abusing dictator
Period of greatest activity?
- ancient times
Subject of Biography
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 7 ()
- Fancy Mansion
- distant past
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
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