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. Who does Sara say ignored the women at the camp?

3. Where were the rabbis in Chapter 27 from according to Sara?

4. What did Sara do during the evacuation of her camp?

5. What did Sara say the prisoners started singing at midnight on New Years Eve 1944?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did the women's digestive systems rebel against the food from the Red Cross?

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

3. What threat did Sara say the Russians used against the Germans in Chapter 31?

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

5. How did Sara introduce herself?

6. Where did the Auschwitz prisoners go to after the march?

7. What gave Sara and other infirmary workers a sense of hope as 1944 came to an end?

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

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

10. Who appeared before Sara when the women were singing one day?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Sara concluded that Cyla, who was appointed as leader of the death block by Rapportfuhrer SS Taube, was brainwashed and after a short time was capable of murder, participating in selections, and following orders regarding the gas chambers. Students should examine the role of Cyla and conclude why she gave in to such behavior, using the text to support their conclusions.

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