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. Why did Erika dislike Orli most according to Sara at the end of Chapter 12?

2. How did the bread thief justify her crime?

3. How long was the trip that brought Sara to Stutthof?

4. What did the doctor ask Sara after treating her?

5. Who arrived at Auschwitz from Karola's life?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Sara differentiate between group of Jews present in Auschwitz?

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

3. Who was Sonia and why was she saddened?

4. Why were the Germans delighted according to Sara during her trip to Auschwitz?

5. What happened to the bodies of those who committed suicide according to Sarah?

6. Why does Erika dislike Orli Reichert according to Sara in Chapter 11?

7. What did Sara say of the process of selection when new people arrived in Auschwitz?

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

9. What did Sara say of the family of midgets brought to Auschwitz?

10. What happened when Sara was in the infirmary in Chapter 8?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lisette's husband, Karol, and others developed a plot to blow up the crematorium. Although the SS killed them, they were successful. Students should discuss how blowing up the crematorium affected the plans of the SS at Auschwitz and compare these with other methods of sabotage, uprisings and other events that happened at Auschwitz, such as the uprising at the Gypsy camp. Students should conclude what what most effective and explain their reasoning, offering support from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Sara reflected on the symbolism behind the term "Auschwitz," which came to represent devastation in the minds of those who lived and died at the concentration camp. Those who lived there were drawn into a criminal, amoral logic. Students should discuss why it represented devastation for those who lived and died at the camp, as well as discuss examples of this amoral logic and conclude whether it was amoral logic or just survival of the fittest. Students should use the text and secondary sources to support their discussion.

Essay Topic 3

When the SS decided to evacuate them on April 30th, Sara took her chances and stayed behind with others, hiding in the haystacks. They rejoiced to see the Germans flee, much like they did as prisoners in the camp. Students should discuss why they may have chosen to stay behind and determine the reason for staying behind instead of fleeing. Students should use the text to support their discussion.

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