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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 does Ginzburg do when she explodes in anger at this latest charge?

2. Who is Zinaida Abramova?

3. Who is Captain Vevers?

4. What is the evidence that many people are being charged?

5. Why is Ginzburg sent home?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Ginzburg waken one day to find Krivitsky standing over her?

3. How old is Ginzburg when she is writing this book and what does she find difficult to believe?

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

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

6. What gives the prisoners a moment of happiness and how do they share their goods?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Grandmother warns Ginzburg that a trap is being set for her, and that she should go as far away as she possibly can. But Ginzburg wants to prove her innocence, and her husband dismisses the idea of leaving. Ginzburg recounts that some intelligent people did indeed escape Communist oppression by slipping away to distant places. But Ginzburg admits she was not one of them.

1. Why do you think Ginzburg felt so strongly about proving her innocence? Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

2. Discuss how you think someone like Ginzburg might feel about her decision to not leave by the end of her ordeal. Do you think she may have regretted not leaving? Why or why not? Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

3. Discuss what it might imply about a person to know that a trap by an oppressive government might be set for her and still not take steps to avoid the trap. Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

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