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. When was the worst time in Auschwitz according to Sara in Chapter 19?

2. What were Karola, Sara and others able to hide from the Nazi?

3. What does Sara say were burned like torches?

4. Why does Sara say Lisette remained happy after arriving at Auschwitz?

5. What were the names of the two women that enforced SS rules?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. When did Sara say that no modesty was permitted in Auschwitz?

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

5. Who was Karola and what happened to her son?

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

7. What did Sara think was naive after living in isolation for two months?

8. Who was Natasha and what did she say to provoke Mengele?

9. Who was Sonia and why was she saddened?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Fela, who was alone in the camp did not talk much with others, spoke of the sick and persecuted with contempt. Fela decided to do some organizing, which involved stealing bread from the ill and told Sara she had earned it. Students should discuss whether Fela's actions were necessary and whether she had "earned" it, as well as conclude whether Sara was right not to evaluate Fela's behavior given the conditions of Auschwitz. Students should use the text to support their discussion.

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

In "Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land", Sara examines different types of communists by introducing people who held such beliefs, such as Erika Schneider. Define what it meant meant to be a communist and analyze whether Nazi's fit into this definition. Students should compare different characters in their analysis and use the text and secondary sources to support their conclusions.

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