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 what does Ginzburg attribute her inability to distinguish one day from the next in the following year?

2. To what task is Ginzburg assigned in Elgen?

3. Why are the window fans in the cells shut off?

4. In what month and year are Ginzburg and the others transferred?

5. When is Ginzburg freed?

Short Essay Questions

1. About what do the female prisoners disagree during their discussions on the train ride?

2. How does Ginzburg compare Kostik to Keyzin?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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?

Essay Topic 3

Journey Into the Whirlwind belongs to the memoir genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the memoir genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a memoir and a historical novel?

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