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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 is Ginzburg told in the meeting?

2. Who is Milda?

3. What does Ginzburg want to prove?

4. Who is one person Zinaida Abramova says has been arrested?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the situation that occurs concerning Carola Heintschke.

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

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

7. What does Alexandra Alexandrovna advise Ginzburg?

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

9. Who is Professor Elvov and how does he have bearing on Ginzburg's life?

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

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Eugenia Ginzburg.

2. What in Ginzburg's background may have helped her in writing Journey Into the Whirlwind? What may have influenced the way she depicts various people and scenes?

3. Do you think all of the events in a memoir are true? Why or why not? Give examples.

4. How is a memoir affected by memory? Is every memory a person has strictly accurate? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Journey Into the Whirlwind is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all memoirs have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Journey Into the Whirlwind, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Journey Into the Whirlwind. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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