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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 is Ginzburg happy after her trial?

2. How does Ginzburg view the hearings against her and others?

3. What does Sagidullin think is the reason for the current purge?

4. What incenses Ginzburg about how her answers are recorded?

5. Why does Pitkovskaya condemn her husband?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Captain Vevers' behavior to Ginzburg.

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

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

5. What happens on February 7, 1937, and why is one of Ginzburg's former students in particular agony about it?

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

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

8. Who is Garey Sagidullin and what does Ginzburg learn from him?

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

10. What happens after Ginzburg is given a summation of her indictments?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful memoir?

2. Analyze and discuss Journey Into the Whirlwind based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Journey Into the Whirlwind is a successful memoir.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful memoir should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider Journey Into the Whirlwind a successful memoir? What about young teens?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Stalin's regime, in conjunction with the frailties of the Communist system, seek to stamp out even perceived opposition to their control. They fear a popular uprising, similar to the uprising they led years before against Czar Nicholas. And in order to maintain power, and continue to instill fear in their people, they continue to apply weight to the people. Apathetic and disinterested Communists are libeled for not denouncing their lesser fellow citizens.

1. Discuss why totalitarian governments are prone to worry about opposition. Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

2. Discuss the ways in which a government can maintain power by the use of fear. Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

3. Explain how requiring citizens to denounce other citizens created the actual situation that Stalin feared. Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

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