Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years in the Gas Chambers Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Filip Müller
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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. How many times had the prisoners already repeated Vacek's same command at the beginning of Chapter 1?

2. What did Vacek force the prisoners to do that he had pulled out of the ranks?

3. What was the emblem on the side of the truck that took the men back and forth to the mass grave?

4. Who was the dead girl that Filip had to undress from his hometown?

5. Who was the man muttering to himself in the ranks next to Muller?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the cell that Filip and the others were taken to after they had put the corpses into the pit.

2. Why did the lawyer standing next to Muller begin to complain?

3. What caught Filip's attention as he gulped down the tea from the vat with Maurice?

4. Describe the midday lunch the men were given in Chapter 1.

5. Why were Filip and the others terrified as Aumeier and Grabner went from cell to cell in Block 11?

6. What were the Kapo's incentives to victimize some of the men at the morning exercise?

7. What new procedure did Filip witness being tried out for the first time in Chapter 2?

8. How did Filip's health deteriorate at the time he was given the job of stripping dead bodies of their clothes?

9. What were the newly arrived prisoners standing outside the crematorium told by the SS men in order to get them to undress calmly?

10. What did the lawyer in Chapter 1 do that cost him his life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast SS men Voss and Moll as people in charge of the crematoria and the Sonderkommando.

Essay Topic 2

What brings the members of the Sonderkommando to decide to inform one of the nightly transports of Polish Jews that they are about to be murdered? How does their plan work out? Will they try it again? Explain why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

In the book, Muller states that Vacek is a "professional criminal". Considering the way in which he treats the prisoners (the truncheon beatings, "sport" and throwing the morning tea into a gulley), is Vacek more than just a "professional criminal"? How else can he be described, considering that he, too, is a prisoner at Auschwitz?

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