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. Why do the prisoners want the guards to open windows and other sources of fresh air?

2. What is done over the next three days?

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

4. Who does Ginzburg believe are dying off or being killed?

5. What helps Ginzburg sleep?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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