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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 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

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Journey Into the Whirlwind. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Ginzburg chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the memoir. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Ginzburg chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Ginzburg's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Ginzburg use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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