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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. Who does Sara say was celebrating the 1945 New Year?
2. Where was Mala's boyfriend's corpse hung?
3. What does Sara say filled the open space of the camp the previous New Year?
4. Who does Sara say ignored the women at the camp?
5. What does the Editor argue prisoners in concentration camp relied on when telling their story?
Short Essay Questions
1. What destination did Sara's transport reach in Chapter 37?
2. What tradition did Sara write in according to the editor?
3. Who appeared before Sara when the women were singing one day?
4. Who was hung at the gates at the end of October 1944 and why?
5. What did Magna believe about dignity as human beings in Chapter 25?
6. What did the Holocaust raise according to the editor?
7. What did Irena try to encourage the women to do according to Sara in Chapter 30?
8. What gave Sara and other infirmary workers a sense of hope as 1944 came to an end?
9. Where did the Auschwitz prisoners go to after the march?
10. What did the leaflets dropped in Chapter 38 say?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In late 1944, the gassing of prisoners at Auschwitz had stopped, which according to "Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land", was a result of the Russians threatening the Germans with the same fate. Discuss whether or not this was true and analyze what this says about the influence of the Russians and the character of the Germans. Use the text to support your analysis.
Essay Topic 2
After World War II, Europe changed drastically, including Poland which was Sara's birthplace and where she returned following German surrender. Students should examine how the world changed after the war and how it affected families, culture, religion, finances or other areas of life. 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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