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. What is Ginzburg allowed at Magadan Infirmary?

2. What can Ginzburg not believe in reflecting upon what has happened to herself and others?

3. What does Nabob sentence Ginzburg to do?

4. Who surrounds the women as they march to the camp?

5. Why does Ginzburg hide the fact that she is ill?

Short Essay Questions

1. What small joy do Ginzburg and the other prisoners enjoy when the Black Maria is late?

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

3. What routine do Julia and Ginzburg maintain?

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

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

6. What happens when Julia and Ginzburg see a flower in the courtyard?

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

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

9. What new rule is forced upon the prisoners and how do they react to the restriction?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

People are an important part of what makes Journey Into the Whirlwind interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Eugenia Ginzburg. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Stalin. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Julia. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of oppression in Journey Into the Whirlwind. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with oppression? Why? What are some symbols of oppression? What events demonstrate oppression? What do the major people think of oppression?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in Journey Into the Whirlwind. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of humanity in Journey Into the Whirlwind. Why are some people not considered human by the author? What is considered humane in Journey Into the Whirlwind? What evidence is there of inhumanity? How do the people react to inhumanity?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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