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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. How does Ginzburg view the hearings against her and others?

2. What does Ginzburg do when she explodes in anger at this latest charge?

3. Who is Zinaida Abramova?

4. What happens on Red Army Day?

5. What is the criminal offense of which Ginzburg is now accused?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Ginzburg's first cellmate at Black Lake?

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

3. Describe Captain Vevers' behavior to Ginzburg.

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

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

6. What does a friendly soldier tell Ginzburg on her way back to Butyrki after her trial?

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

8. What does Alexandra Alexandrovna advise Ginzburg?

9. 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?

10. Who is Eugenia Semyonovna Ginzburg and why is she awakened early in the morning on December 1, 1934?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Journey Into the Whirlwind belongs to the memoir genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the memoir genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a memoir and a historical novel?

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

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.

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