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 Ginzburg pass out?

2. Why is Ginzburg sent home?

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

4. What are the sounds in the middle of the night?

5. Who is Zinaida Abramova?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

5. Describe Captain Vevers' behavior to Ginzburg.

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

7. Where is Ginzburg being transferred and what is significant about the watch returned to her?

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

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

10. To where is Ginzburg's case referred, and what is significant about that fact?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Journey Into the Whirlwind belongs to the memoir genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the memoir genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a memoir and a historical novel?

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