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 does Ginzburg learn at the end of June?

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

3. What is interesting about the prison library?

4. Why are Julia and Ginzburg put outside for an hour and a half?

5. To what task is Ginzburg assigned in Elgen?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Upon what does Ginzburg reflect when she hears that Lenin's widow has died?

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

8. What routine do Julia and Ginzburg maintain?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Journey Into the Whirlwind is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think Journey Into the Whirlwind is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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