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 do Ginzburg and Julia see in the courtyard where they are walking?

2. From where is Tulub?

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

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

5. When is the worse time for Ginzburg at the prison?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who is Marya Dogadkina and how is she described?

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

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

6. What is it like for Ginzburg in her cell at the prison?

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

8. How does Ginzburg compare Kostik to Keyzin?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The train ride is especially telling of the life that the women are about to be plunged into. It also reveals a host of ideas and differences among the women with respect to Communism, Stalin, and themselves. A few fanatical women believe Stalin is innocent of the evil of his subordinates; others have come to hate the entire system. But just as their political differences threaten to pull them apart, they decide to band together and look out for each other as best they can.

1. Discuss the reasons some women might still hold to the idea that Stalin himself was not personally responsible for what was going on. Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

2. What do you think can happen to a system of government if a majority of its citizens begin to hate the system? Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

3. How do you think the women were able to set aside political differences to help each other and what does that imply for other groups of people in the world? Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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