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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. Why does Ginzburg pass out?

2. Why is Elvov apologizing to Ginzburg?

3. What are the sounds in the middle of the night?

4. To where has Ginzburg's case been referred?

5. What is Ginzburg told about her husband?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Where is Ginzburg taken and what does she remember after seeing the place?

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

9. What does Alexandra Alexandrovna advise Ginzburg?

10. Who summons Ginzburg after Elvov's arrest; what do they want with her, and how does she respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Readers learn that Kirov's assassin was a Communist. This fills Ginzburg with a sense of foreboding. It also demonstrates that the government does not have complete control over its citizens, because the assassin is a Communist. It a Communist assassinates another Communist, it further implies that there is no such thing as a loyal Communist any longer. Since a Communist has assassinated another Communist, the government is now weeding through Party members to determine loyalty.

1. Discuss the idea that if a communist kills a communist official that means that there could be other communists who are not loyal to the government. Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

2. Discuss what you think about the way Stalin responded to Kirov's death. Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

3. Discuss why the statement: it further implies that there is no such thing as a loyal Communist any longer, is an example of black and white, absolute type thinking. Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

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 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?

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