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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. To what series of books has Elvov contributed an article?

2. Where is Elvov now according to Tsarevsky?

3. For how long does this form of interrogation last?

4. How long does Ginzburg's trial last?

5. What eventually stops this first round of the new type of interrogations?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who is Zinaida Abramova and how is she treated at the prison?

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

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

6. Who are Ginzburg's new cell mates?

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

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

9. What happens after Ginzburg is given a summation of her indictments?

10. To where is Ginzburg's case referred, and what is significant about that fact?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Many memoirs, and perhaps a majority, of memoirs ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a memoir? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read memoir? Discuss each one in light of Journey Into the Whirlwind and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Journey Into the Whirlwind is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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