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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 eventually happens to Sagidullin?

2. Why does Ginzburg pass out?

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

4. What does Lydia tell Ginzburg that God does?

5. Who is Captain Vevers?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Ginzburg's mother-in-law described and what does she advise Ginzburg?

3. What does one prisoner do and others follow that breaks up the horror of their situation momentarily?

4. Describe Captain Vevers' behavior to Ginzburg.

5. What are some of the rules Ginzburg mentions as being cited on a paper hanging on the wall?

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

7. What does Alexandra Alexandrovna advise Ginzburg?

8. Who teaches the new prisoners how to fake their lumber quota?

9. What new rule is forced upon the prisoners and how do they react to the restriction?

10. 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?

Essay 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Journey Into the Whirlwind help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Journey Into the Whirlwind? Why or why not?

3. Choose one specific incident in Journey Into the Whirlwind to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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