Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land Test | Final 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 does the Editor say Sara represented in the book?

2. What did Sara refuse to do according to Chapter 37?

3. What country did Sara return to in 1945?

4. Who does Sara introduce in Chapter 30?

5. Who came the the infirmary to take all of the hospital documents?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the leaflets dropped in Chapter 38 say?

2. What were concentration camp prisoners denied based on the afterword?

3. Why did Sara and her friends discover it would be dangerous to stay in the haystacks in Chapter 39?

4. What did the Holocaust raise according to the editor?

5. What tradition did Sara write in according to the editor?

6. Why did the sirens sound in Auschwitz the fall of 1944?

7. Who was Mrs. Helena and when did she and Sara meet?

8. Who was Hans and what did the resistance arrange for him?

9. What did Dr. Koenig and the SS men want when they arrived at the infirmary?

10. What was the story Mrs. Helena shared with Sara and the other infirmary workers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mengele brought a gypsy boy into the infirmary, dressed elaborately and made him sing and dance. Mengele continued to parade him around the camp for the summer, but when fall came, the gypsy camp was killed and Mengele was said to have pushed the boy into the chamber himself. Students should describe who the gypsies were, why they were called gypsies, why they in concentration camps despite being Aryan, and discuss the gypsy family camp. Students should use the text and secondary sources to support their discussion of the gypsies.

Essay Topic 2

Much of our knowledge about the Holocaust, including the experience of Ravensbruck, came from the women who inmates who drew pictures or wrote on scraps of paper of their experiences. Women documented their experiences at extreme personal risk. Discuss the significance of their actions on our knowledge of the camp and their experience with that of the staged photos by the SS to deceive the Red Cross. Use the text and secondary sources to support your discussion of the documentation of personal experience.

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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