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 does Ginzburg characterize Marya Dogadkina?

2. How is Julia and Ginzburg's existence described?

3. What does Kucherenko demand?

4. What is interesting about the prison library?

5. What does Petukhov vow?

Short Essay Questions

1. What range of sentences are the women whom Ginzburg meets given, and why does Ginzburg consider herself lucky?

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. What happens when Ginzburg is taken to Magadan Infirmary?

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

6. Upon what does Ginzburg reflect when she hears that Lenin's widow has died?

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

8. What happens when the Prison Governor comes to visit Ginzburg?

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

10. How does Ginzburg compare Kostik to Keyzin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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