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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. Where is Ginzburg sent at the opening of Chapter 19?

2. What does Milda encourage Ginzburg to do?

3. Why does a Chinese prisoner laugh one day during head count?

4. Who summons Ginzburg?

5. Where is Ginzburg taken?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Where is Ginzburg being transferred and what is significant about the watch returned to her?

3. What does Ira ask Tsarevsky to do as she and others are being transferred and what does his willingness to do so portend?

4. Describe Captain Vevers' behavior to Ginzburg.

5. When is Ginzburg arrested and where does she tell goodbye?

6. Who is Eugenia Semyonovna Ginzburg and why is she awakened early in the morning on December 1, 1934?

7. Who is Secretary Abdullin and what does he ask of Ginzburg?

8. Who is Ginzburg's first cellmate at Black Lake?

9. Who is Garey Sagidullin and what does Ginzburg learn from him?

10. Describe the interrogation of Ginzburg by Livanov.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Journey Into the Whirlwind.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Journey Into the Whirlwind. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Journey Into the Whirlwind. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all memoirs have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Journey Into the Whirlwind, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Journey Into the Whirlwind. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The train ride is especially telling of the life that the women are about to be plunged into. It also reveals a host of ideas and differences among the women with respect to Communism, Stalin, and themselves. A few fanatical women believe Stalin is innocent of the evil of his subordinates; others have come to hate the entire system. But just as their political differences threaten to pull them apart, they decide to band together and look out for each other as best they can.

1. Discuss the reasons some women might still hold to the idea that Stalin himself was not personally responsible for what was going on. Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

2. What do you think can happen to a system of government if a majority of its citizens begin to hate the system? Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

3. How do you think the women were able to set aside political differences to help each other and what does that imply for other groups of people in the world? Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

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