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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the so-called method when Ginzburg is harshly interrogated by uninterrupted interrogation with different interrogators?

2. What might happen if Ginzburg makes any stops along the way to present herself for the arrest warrant?

3. What form of communications does Ginzburg learn?

4. What is the ultimate outcome of the party meeting?

5. In what year does Professor Elvov visit Ginzburg?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the prisoners communicate in Krasin, and what disturbing piece of news does Ginzburg receive in one such communication?

2. Why does Ginzburg think things have been straightened out and what happens to throw her back into the midst of the purge?

3. What is the "Conveyor Belt" interrogation method and how is it used on Ginzburg?

4. To where is Ginzburg's case referred, and what is significant about that fact?

5. What do Ginzburg and her husband decide to do for the school holidays and what does she say about the people who are at the same vacation spot?

6. What is mentioned about the Red Tatary and why does Ginzburg threaten one prisoner in French?

7. What does one prisoner do and others follow that breaks up the horror of their situation momentarily?

8. What does a friendly soldier tell Ginzburg on her way back to Butyrki after her trial?

9. How is Ginzburg's mother-in-law described and what does she advise Ginzburg?

10. What does Ginzburg discover about the charges against her as she is traveling back to Moscow?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Journey Into the Whirlwind help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Journey Into the Whirlwind? Why or why not?

3. Choose one specific incident in Journey Into the Whirlwind to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful memoir?

2. Analyze and discuss Journey Into the Whirlwind based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Journey Into the Whirlwind is a successful memoir.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful memoir should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider Journey Into the Whirlwind a successful memoir? What about young teens?

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