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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 Lydia tell Ginzburg that God does?

2. What does Livanov ask Ginzburg concerning Elvov?

3. Where is Ginzburg sent at the opening of Chapter 19?

4. What does Milda encourage Ginzburg to do?

5. Who is Yefrem?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when the prisoners are held in a transfer camp?

2. What happens when Ginzburg is having a conversation with Zinaida Tulub?

3. What gives the prisoners a moment of happiness and how do they share their goods?

4. 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?

5. Upon what does Ginzburg reflect when she hears that Lenin's widow has died?

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

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

8. When is Ginzburg arrested and where does she tell goodbye?

9. What is it like for Ginzburg in her cell at the prison?

10. What happens when Julia and Ginzburg see a flower in the courtyard?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The train ride is especially telling of the life that the women are about to be plunged into. It also reveals a host of ideas and differences among the women with respect to Communism, Stalin, and themselves. A few fanatical women believe Stalin is innocent of the evil of his subordinates; others have come to hate the entire system. But just as their political differences threaten to pull them apart, they decide to band together and look out for each other as best they can.

1. Discuss the reasons some women might still hold to the idea that Stalin himself was not personally responsible for what was going on. Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

2. What do you think can happen to a system of government if a majority of its citizens begin to hate the system? Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

3. How do you think the women were able to set aside political differences to help each other and what does that imply for other groups of people in the world? Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

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