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. How long does the second round of interrogations last?

2. What happens on Red Army Day?

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

4. How does Stalin label sections of the book that Elvov writes?

5. To what series of books has Elvov contributed an article?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Ginzburg's first cellmate at Black Lake?

2. Who are some of Ginzburg's cellmates at Krasin Street Prison?

3. What does Alexandra Alexandrovna advise Ginzburg?

4. Who is Zinaida Abramova and how is she treated at the prison?

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

6. What does Ira ask Tsarevsky to do as she and others are being transferred and what does his willingness to do so portend?

7. 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?

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

9. Describe the situation that occurs concerning Carola Heintschke.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of oppression in Journey Into the Whirlwind. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with oppression? Why? What are some symbols of oppression? What events demonstrate oppression? What do the major people think of oppression?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in Journey Into the Whirlwind. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of humanity in Journey Into the Whirlwind. Why are some people not considered human by the author? What is considered humane in Journey Into the Whirlwind? What evidence is there of inhumanity? How do the people react to inhumanity?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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