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. Why does Pitkovskaya condemn her husband?

2. What has happened to the entire government of Tartary?

3. What was Julia Karepova's career before imprisonment?

4. What does the lack enable?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the interrogation of Ginzburg by Livanov.

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

4. What is mentioned about the Red Tatary and why does Ginzburg threaten one prisoner in French?

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

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

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

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

9. Describe the situation that occurs concerning Carola Heintschke.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of interesting questions raised by Journey Into the Whirlwind. Questions that Ginzburg most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Ginzburg' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Ginzburg' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface? Why or why not?

3. How often do you think memoir is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Ginzburg and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.

Essay Topic 2

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in Journey Into the Whirlwind? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in Journey Into the Whirlwind including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think Ginzburg reacts to uncertainty in her life? Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Journey Into the Whirlwind.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Journey Into the Whirlwind. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Journey Into the Whirlwind. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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