Five Chimneys: The Story of Auschwitz Quiz | Eight Week Quiz G

Olga Lengyel
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters XVII through XXVIII.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many of the crematory buildings were destroyed in the explosion that the resistance set off?
(a) Three out of the four.
(b) Two out of the four.
(c) Only one of the four.
(d) All four buildings.

2. Why did the German guard beat the woman he accused of not being a "correct" prisoner?
(a) She failed to avert her eyes when he walked by.
(b) She seemed to carry her head too high.
(c) She couldn't carry the load that he ordered her to carry.
(d) She had been in camp six months, but should have died three months before.

3. How often was the water turned on in the washrooms?
(a) Once a day either in the morning or the evening.
(b) They could never know for sure.
(c) Once or twice a day for an hour or two.
(d) Once or twice a week, but only for a few minutes.

4. How many people were usually taken from each barrack during a selection?
(a) At least 100 people.
(b) Between 75 and 90 people.
(c) Between 20 and 40 people.
(d) Between 50 and 60 people.

5. Why did the young girl who worked with Olga break into hysterical laughter one day when they entered the morgue?
(a) The pressure and horror of the job had finally taken its toll on her.
(b) She saw the body of her mother, whom she had thought was safely hidden.
(c) She saw one of the S.S. bend over and rip his pants.
(d) She realized that she would soon be one of those corpses piled on the floor.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, how many corpses were burned each day at Bireknau between the crematory ovens and the death pits?

2. What did the young Czech boy trade in order to have one night with his lover from the other side of the fence?

3. What did Olga assume when she saw the pitiful women in the cages?

4. What/who disappeared from the camp in November of 1944?

5. What did the resistance use as the principle center for broadcasting its "spoken newspaper"?

(see the answer key)

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