Journey Into the Whirlwind Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 ultimate outcome of the party meeting?

2. Who is one person Zinaida Abramova says has been arrested?

3. What is significant about the date February 15, 1937?

4. What form of communications does Ginzburg learn?

5. What is the maximum penalty for the crimes with which Ginzburg is charged?

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

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

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

5. What does Alexandra Alexandrovna advise Ginzburg?

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

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

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

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

10. Describe the situation that occurs concerning Carola Heintschke.

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

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 3

People are an important part of what makes Journey Into the Whirlwind interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Eugenia Ginzburg. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Stalin. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Julia. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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