Journey Into the Whirlwind Test | Final 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 do Ginzburg's parents spend in prison?

2. To what task is Ginzburg assigned in Elgen?

3. What does Ginzburg hear in the hall as her visitor leaves?

4. Who comes to see Ginzburg?

5. Whom does Ginzburg have in mind as she is writing her memoirs?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens that causes Julia and Ginzburg to eat their hoarded supply of sugar and bread?

2. How does Ginzburg offer an act of forgiveness for the man who labeled Ginzburg a terrorist?

3. What is Julia determined to do and what does she save for the day?

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

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

6. Why does Vasily Petukhov decide to help Ginzburg survive?

7. What happens when the prisoners are held in a transfer camp?

8. How do Ginzburg and her mother write letters to each other in code and what is an example of one such letter?

9. Why is Ginzburg taken to see Nabob and what happens?

10. What routine do Julia and Ginzburg maintain?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Journey Into the Whirlwind. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Ginzburg chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the memoir. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Ginzburg chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Ginzburg's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Ginzburg use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 3

Many memoirs, and perhaps a majority, of memoirs ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a memoir? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read memoir? Discuss each one in light of Journey Into the Whirlwind and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Journey Into the Whirlwind is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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