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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 did the camp Sara was relocated to at Rostock have?
2. What did some of the women do to keep busy?
3. What does the Editor say the story of Fela illustrates?
4. Where does Sara say Mala was from?
5. What did the SS do with Mala after her short stay at the hospital?
Short Essay Questions
1. What was the story Mrs. Helena shared with Sara and the other infirmary workers?
2. Why did Sara and her friends discover it would be dangerous to stay in the haystacks in Chapter 39?
3. Who was hung at the gates at the end of October 1944 and why?
4. Where did Sara return after the Germans surrendered?
5. What tradition did Sara write in according to the editor?
6. What destination did Sara's transport reach in Chapter 37?
7. What gave Sara and other infirmary workers a sense of hope as 1944 came to an end?
8. How did Sara introduce herself?
9. What were concentration camp prisoners denied based on the afterword?
10. What did Irena try to encourage the women to do according to Sara in Chapter 30?
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
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 3
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.
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