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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. Who apologizes to Ginzburg?

2. What does Ginzburg consider as she is traveling back to Moscow?

3. What is significant about the date February 15, 1937?

4. What happens on Red Army Day?

5. Where did Lyama's family work?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Captain Vevers' behavior to Ginzburg.

2. About what do the female prisoners disagree during their discussions on the train ride?

3. Who is Marya Dogadkina and how is she described?

4. What happens when Ginzburg is having a conversation with Zinaida Tulub?

5. What does Ginzburg learn about her father and how does this seem to cause unwarranted punishment?

6. Who are Ginzburg's new cell mates?

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

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

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

10. What is the "Conveyor Belt" interrogation method and how is it used on Ginzburg?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of interesting questions raised by Journey Into the Whirlwind. Questions that Ginzburg most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Ginzburg' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Ginzburg' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface? Why or why not?

3. How often do you think memoir is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Ginzburg and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.

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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