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. How does Ginzburg characterize Marya Dogadkina?

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

3. What is Ginzburg allowed at Magadan Infirmary?

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

5. What is crawling with insects?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How old is Ginzburg when she is writing this book and what does she find difficult to believe?

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

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

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

8. What gives the prisoners a moment of happiness and how do they share their goods?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Ginzburg's frustration over failing to prove her innocence increases to anger over the hypocrisy and corrupt nature of the hearings. The charges multiply against her. Suspicions, rumors, and false accusations are rippling throughout Soviet Russia, and as a result, no charges are being taken lightly. Ginzburg's charges now carry the weight of criminal offense.

1. Discuss how frustration might turn to anger in almost any situation. Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

2. What do you think the corruption of the hearings says about the government at the time? Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

3. Discuss the effects that suspicions, rumors, and false accusations might have on a society. Use examples from Journey Into the Whirlwind and your own life to support your response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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