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 do the women become proficient at during the day?

2. What does Yaroslavsky open the cell window to give Ginzburg?

3. What happens when Ginzburg and Karepova are put in a cell together?

4. What strikes Ginzburg when talking with Tulub?

5. Who is Pickwick?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What range of sentences are the women whom Ginzburg meets given, and why does Ginzburg consider herself lucky?

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

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

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

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 prisoners are held in a transfer camp?

10. How does Ginzburg compare Kostik to Keyzin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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.

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