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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

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Eugenia Ginzburg.

2. What in Ginzburg's background may have helped her in writing Journey Into the Whirlwind? What may have influenced the way she depicts various people and scenes?

3. Do you think all of the events in a memoir are true? Why or why not? Give examples.

4. How is a memoir affected by memory? Is every memory a person has strictly accurate? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Journey Into the Whirlwind is? Explain your response.

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