Journey Into the Whirlwind Test | 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 does Sagidullin think is the reason for the current purge?

2. Why is Ginzburg sent home?

3. To what does Ginzburg attribute her not signing anything that was false?

4. What incenses Ginzburg about how her answers are recorded?

5. Who summons Ginzburg?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ira ask Tsarevsky to do as she and others are being transferred and what does his willingness to do so portend?

2. 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?

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

4. Describe the situation that occurs concerning Carola Heintschke.

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

6. How is Ginzburg's situation changed on Red Army Day?

7. Describe the interrogation of Ginzburg by Livanov.

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

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

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

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

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think Journey Into the Whirlwind is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 3

Ginzburg's frustration over failing to prove her innocence increases to anger over the hypocrisy and corrupt nature of the hearings. The charges multiply against her. Suspicions, rumors, and false accusations are rippling throughout Soviet Russia, and as a result, no charges are being taken lightly. Ginzburg's charges now carry the weight of criminal offense.

1. Discuss how frustration might turn to anger in almost any situation. Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

2. What do you think the corruption of the hearings says about the government at the time? Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

3. Discuss the effects that suspicions, rumors, and false accusations might have on a society. Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

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