Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Sara Nomberg-Przuytyk
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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 were the names of the two women that enforced SS rules?

2. What did the doctor ask one midget and his normal sized wife?

3. How long did the women live in isolation after their inspection in January?

4. What did Taube appoint Cyla to?

5. What did Sara hope to do in Stutthof?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Rapportffuhrer SS Taube known for in Auschwitz according to Sarah?

2. What did Sara say hurt her most of all in Chapter 1?

3. What did Mengele tell Sara to do with Natasha and why?

4. Who was Sonia and why was she saddened?

5. Who was Lisette and why did she stop smiling in the summer of 1944?

6. What did Sara find out about Natasha and what happened the following day?

7. What scared Sara about roll call in Chapter 13?

8. How did Cyla change after her time with Taube?

9. What did Lisette's husband do in Chapter 15?

10. Who was Odette and why was her body hung near the gate of the camp in Chapter 16?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

According to the editor of "Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land", Sara wrote the book in the tradition of a Yiddish folktale, as her stories were told, but also stimulated the reader to think about complex issues. Students should read a Yiddish folktale and compare it with Sara's writing and discuss the similarities and differences between the two in terms of style, form, and other aspects of writing. Students should determine whether her writing fits into the tradition of a Yiddish folktale and support their conclusion with evidence from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Some of those incarcerated in Auschwitz and other concentration camps under the Nazi regime participated in the resistance movement. Discuss the purpose, goals, and objectives of the resistance movement and examine what happened to the movement and those involved. Analyze whether you think they were successful in their efforts and use the text and secondary sources to support your conclusions about the resistance.

Essay Topic 3

The editor examines the disturbing memories felt by those who survived the Holocaust, such as Elie Weisel. Many Holocaust witnesses had difficulty telling the story as it happened without distortion. Students should discuss the psychological trauma of such an event and examine survivor's guilt. Students should also discuss why Sara, unlike others, may have decided to draw on her memories to make the story of Auschwitz more believable. Students should use the text and secondary sources to support their discussion.

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