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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did the author and her colleagues dread taking contagious cases to the hospital?
(a) The nurses and doctors did not have the needed materials to treat them.
(b) They were afraid that they themselves would catch the diseases.
(c) Contagious cases were left for dead and sent to the gas chamber.
(d) They were afraid to infect other patients within the hospital.

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

3. To what does the author compare the S.S. women who oversaw the selections in their large black rain capes?
(a) Vultures waiting for their prey.
(b) Ominous ghosts.
(c) Agents of the devil.
(d) Bats swooping down from the sky.

4. How many prisoners were assigned to carry the 150-pound kettle for each meal?
(a) Two.
(b) One.
(c) Three.
(d) Four.

5. 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) Once or twice a week, but only for a few minutes.
(d) They could never know for sure.

6. How many barracks lined the Lagerstrasse?
(a) Seventeen on either side.
(b) Thirty Six.
(c) Fifteen.
(d) Twenty total.

7. How was Dr. Klein different from the other S.S.?
(a) He took the time to get to know each one of his patients.
(b) He had dark hair and dark eyes.
(c) He did not yell and he had nice manners.
(d) He sympathized with the prisoners and gave them news about the war.

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

9. 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) Prisoners were forbidden to speak directly to an S.S. doctor without authorization.
(b) She spoke to him in a disrespectful manner, and he was offended.
(c) He did not believe that a prisoner had the necessary medical experience or knowledge.
(d) He believed that they were being adequately cared for.

10. How many people were loaded into Olga's train car?
(a) 90.
(b) 96.
(c) 106.
(d) 110.

11. What were the two purposes of camp selections?
(a) To select prisoners for work detail and to show off German power.
(b) To select prisoners for the crematory and to locate missing prisoners.
(c) To select some prisoners for the crematory and to decimate the others.
(d) To inventory prisoners and maintain an accurate count.

12. Why did the elderly man not eat the potatoes in his soup?
(a) He had no teeth and the insides of the potatoes were uncooked.
(b) His mouth was wired shut, so he could only sip the broth.
(c) He wanted to exchange them for a "favor" from one of the women.
(d) He was blind and could not see that there were potatoes in his soup.

13. How many people within the barracks had to share a single blanket?
(a) Fifteen.
(b) Ten.
(c) Three.
(d) Seven.

14. Other than for eating, of what use were the twenty bowls issued to the prisoners in the barracks?
(a) Weapons during fights.
(b) Chamber pots.
(c) Digging latrines.
(d) Collecting rain water.

15. Why did Olga go into the washrooms at lunch?
(a) She felt dirty and wanted to try to clean herself.
(b) She had heard that the men sometimes shared their food with women in there.
(c) She followed along with a friend.
(d) She wanted to find a place to be alone.

Short Answer Questions

1. What metaphor did the author use to describe the train cars at the beginning of Chapter 2?

2. What about the blue-eyed man caught Olga's attention?

3. How long after their arrival did Olga and her fellow prisoners receive their first morning meal?

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

5. How many languages did the Auschwitz-Birkenau commandant's interpreter speak?

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