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 are the sections divided up at the transfer camp?

2. How is Julia and Ginzburg's existence described?

3. Who is "Grandma" Nastya?

4. The women are sent from the prison _______________.

5. What makes Tanya Stankovskaya happy?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What solution do Julia and Ginzburg find to reading in low light?

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

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

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

6. What does Ginzburg say about the ongoing political purges and how do some of the prisoners view the likely incarceration of some of those fallen under the most recent purges?

7. What happens when the prisoners are held in a transfer camp?

8. What are some of the rules Ginzburg mentions as being cited on a paper hanging on the wall?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many memoirs, and perhaps a majority, of memoirs ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a memoir? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read memoir? Discuss each one in light of Journey Into the Whirlwind and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Journey Into the Whirlwind is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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