Five Chimneys: The Story of Auschwitz Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Olga Lengyel
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the irony in Dr. Lengyel's success in saving Olly's life?
(a) Olly's family was angry with Dr. Lengyel for interfering.
(b) Olly later hung herself in the camp.
(c) Dr. Lengyel was punished for performing medicine on the train.
(d) Olly was taken to the gas chamber and murdered the very next day.

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

3. Why did Tadek, the blue-eyed man, stop bringing gifts for Olga?
(a) She chose another man over him.
(b) She rejected his sexual advances.
(c) He found someone that he liked better.
(d) He did not think that she was attractive.

4. What was the ultimate purpose of Birkenau?
(a) The production of clothing for the German army.
(b) The production of armaments.
(c) The detention of prisoners until the end of the war.
(d) The extermination of prisoners.

5. Why was Olga chosen for selection in Chapter 8?
(a) She covered her back with a piece of wool.
(b) She stole food from the kitchen.
(c) She was so sick that she couldn't get out of her bunk.
(d) She tried to stab the blocova.

6. Why did Dr. Klein, the chief S.S. doctor of the camp, rebuke Olga when she asked to be allowed to give medical aid to her fellow prisoners?
(a) He did not believe that a prisoner had the necessary medical experience or knowledge.
(b) Prisoners were forbidden to speak directly to an S.S. doctor without authorization.
(c) She spoke to him in a disrespectful manner, and he was offended.
(d) He believed that they were being adequately cared for.

7. According to the author, how many serious infections were dealt with in the infirmary as a result of poor sterilization procedures?
(a) Zero.
(b) Twenty.
(c) Over two hundred.
(d) Too many to count.

8. What did the insignia on each train car indicate?
(a) The explanation for the deportation of the people inside the cars.
(b) The countries from which the cars originated.
(c) The number of animals that each car was designed to transport.
(d) The concentration camp to which each car was headed.

9. How many roll calls occurred each day?
(a) One.
(b) Three.
(c) Two.
(d) Four.

10. Why did the people who were still alive lie on top of one another during their last night on the train car?
(a) Because there was not enough room in the car for everyone to lie down.
(b) To try to stay warm during the cold night.
(c) Because no one wanted to be near the door when it was opened.
(d) To avoid coming into contact with the decaying corpses.

11. Why did the elderly man give his potatoes to Olga rather than to the woman to whom he had promised them?
(a) He knew Olga from their life before the camp.
(b) Olga looked like she needed the food more than the other woman did.
(c) Olga was younger than the other woman.
(d) The other woman was not around.

12. What did the green triangle on a prisoner's uniform indicate?
(a) The prisoner had been selected for the gas chamber.
(b) The prisoner was guilty of murder.
(c) The prisoner was of German origin.
(d) The prisoner worked in the infirmary.

13. What response did the old inmate give Olga when she asked about the red brick building with the chimney?
(a) He told her that she did not want to know the truth.
(b) He smiled and told her that she would find out soon enough.
(c) He said it was an ammunition factory.
(d) He said it was the camp bakery.

14. What illness afflicted the children who were lying near the door of the train car?
(a) Influenza.
(b) Small pox.
(c) Scarlet fever.
(d) Dysentery.

15. Which prisoners were most often chosen to clean the latrines?
(a) The Gypsies.
(b) Intellectuals like doctors or teachers.
(c) Anyone with dark hair and dark eyes.
(d) The Jews, preferably the rabbis.

Short Answer Questions

1. Aside from the gas chamber, what other means of extermination did the Nazis use?

2. What time did the infirmary begin to see patients each day?

3. What was the original purpose of the building that became Olga's new home?

4. How did the children in the camp speak about the goings-on of the camp?

5. According to the author, despite his handsome appearance, what characteristic of Dr. Mengele's made a person uneasy?

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