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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 eventually happens to Sagidullin?

2. Why does Ginzburg pass out?

3. What was Julia Karepova's career before imprisonment?

4. What does Lydia tell Ginzburg that God does?

5. Who is Captain Vevers?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Captain Vevers' behavior to Ginzburg.

5. What are some of the rules Ginzburg mentions as being cited on a paper hanging on the wall?

6. What happens when Julia and Ginzburg see a flower in the courtyard?

7. What does Alexandra Alexandrovna advise Ginzburg?

8. Who teaches the new prisoners how to fake their lumber quota?

9. What new rule is forced upon the prisoners and how do they react to the restriction?

10. 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?

Essay 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

Grandmother warns Ginzburg that a trap is being set for her, and that she should go as far away as she possibly can. But Ginzburg wants to prove her innocence, and her husband dismisses the idea of leaving. Ginzburg recounts that some intelligent people did indeed escape Communist oppression by slipping away to distant places. But Ginzburg admits she was not one of them.

1. Why do you think Ginzburg felt so strongly about proving her innocence? Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

2. Discuss how you think someone like Ginzburg might feel about her decision to not leave by the end of her ordeal. Do you think she may have regretted not leaving? Why or why not? Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

3. Discuss what it might imply about a person to know that a trap by an oppressive government might be set for her and still not take steps to avoid the trap. Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

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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