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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. Who is Vasily Petukhov?
2. To which hut is Ginzburg assigned after leaving the infirmary?
3. What has Julia been saving?
4. What happens that brightens the prisoners' lives?
5. What strikes Ginzburg when talking with Tulub?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is it like for Ginzburg in her cell at the prison?
2. Who teaches the new prisoners how to fake their lumber quota?
3. What does Dr. Pickwick insist upon in treating Julia and Ginzburg?
4. Upon what does Ginzburg reflect when she hears that Lenin's widow has died?
5. Why does Ginzburg waken one day to find Krivitsky standing over her?
6. When is Ginzburg freed and what does she persist in believing in despite her life in prison?
7. How does Ginzburg compare Kostik to Keyzin?
8. What small joy do Ginzburg and the other prisoners enjoy when the Black Maria is late?
9. How does Ginzburg offer an act of forgiveness for the man who labeled Ginzburg a terrorist?
10. What are some of the rules Ginzburg mentions as being cited on a paper hanging on the wall?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Eugenia Ginzburg.
2. What in Ginzburg's background may have helped her in writing Journey Into the Whirlwind? What may have influenced the way she depicts various people and scenes?
3. Do you think all of the events in a memoir are true? Why or why not? Give examples.
4. How is a memoir affected by memory? Is every memory a person has strictly accurate? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
People are an important part of what makes Journey Into the Whirlwind interesting. Discuss the following:
1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Eugenia Ginzburg. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Stalin. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Julia. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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