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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 does Ginzburg consider as she is traveling back to Moscow?

2. How does Stalin label sections of the book that Elvov writes?

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

4. What does Ginzburg's husband advise against her doing?

5. What news does Ginzburg get one day in a singing message?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Ginzburg discover about the charges against her as she is traveling back to Moscow?

8. 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?

9. Who are some of Ginzburg's cellmates at Krasin Street Prison?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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