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. To which hut is Ginzburg assigned after leaving the infirmary?

2. What does Ginzburg's visitor tell her?

3. What do the two women do at night instead of sleeping?

4. What is Ginzburg allowed at Magadan Infirmary?

5. What strikes Ginzburg when talking with Tulub?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. When is Ginzburg freed and what does she persist in believing in despite her life in prison?

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

10. What does Dr. Pickwick insist upon in treating Julia and Ginzburg?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Stalin's regime, in conjunction with the frailties of the Communist system, seek to stamp out even perceived opposition to their control. They fear a popular uprising, similar to the uprising they led years before against Czar Nicholas. And in order to maintain power, and continue to instill fear in their people, they continue to apply weight to the people. Apathetic and disinterested Communists are libeled for not denouncing their lesser fellow citizens.

1. Discuss why totalitarian governments are prone to worry about opposition. Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

2. Discuss the ways in which a government can maintain power by the use of fear. Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

3. Explain how requiring citizens to denounce other citizens created the actual situation that Stalin feared. Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Journey Into the Whirlwind is? Explain your response.

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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