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

2. How does Ginzburg characterize Marya Dogadkina?

3. What is done over the next three days?

4. What is crawling with insects?

5. What is Ginzburg's prison cell number at Yaroslavl?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Ginzburg say about the ongoing political purges and how do some of the prisoners view the likely incarceration of some of those fallen under the most recent purges?

3. What solution do Julia and Ginzburg find to reading in low light?

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

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

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

9. Why does Ginzburg waken one day to find Krivitsky standing over her?

10. What happens when Ginzburg is taken to Magadan Infirmary?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful memoir?

2. Analyze and discuss Journey Into the Whirlwind based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Journey Into the Whirlwind is a successful memoir.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful memoir should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider Journey Into the Whirlwind a successful memoir? What about young teens?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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