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

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the author, why was the male German prisoner, who saved her from the S.S., treated better than other prisoners?
(a) The German guards owed him favors.
(b) He was a criminal, not a political prisoner.
(c) He was charming and handsome.
(d) He had connections in the German military.

2. What "presents" did Tadek, the blue-eyed man, give to Olga?
(a) A spoon and a tin cup.
(b) A potato and a shawl.
(c) A wooden knife and a handkerchief.
(d) Bits of twine in order to make herself a belt.

3. How many days did it take for the train that was carrying Olga and her family to arrive at its destination?
(a) Six days.
(b) Four days.
(c) Seven days.
(d) Three days.

4. From where did the blue-eyed man come?
(a) Paris.
(b) London.
(c) Belgium.
(d) Poland.

5. At the beginning of the author's story, how much of Europe was under Nazi control?
(a) Three-fourths.
(b) Two-thirds.
(c) One-third.
(d) Almost half.

6. What did Olga and her fellow prisoners use as a mop?
(a) The bottom portion of a dress, which had been cut off.
(b) The sleeves of their own dresses.
(c) Their socks.
(d) A handful of dirty rags pulled from the garbage pile.

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

8. How did the infirmary staff sterilize their instruments between patients?
(a) They washed them with soap and water after each patient.
(b) They did not sterilize their instruments because they had nothing to sterilize them with.
(c) They soaked the instruments in grain alcohol between patients.
(d) They held the instruments into a fire pit to destroy the germs.

9. Aside from the gas chamber, what other means of extermination did the Nazis use?
(a) Humane euthanasia.
(b) Food poisoning.
(c) Beheading.
(d) An injection of phenol into the heart.

10. After they disembarked from the train, who was immediately sent to the left?
(a) Women.
(b) Children and old people.
(c) Men.
(d) Healthy, able-bodied people.

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

12. What was the original purpose of the building that became Olga's new home?
(a) A bakery.
(b) A hospital.
(c) A munitions plant.
(d) A stable.

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

14. Why did Madga, at first, refuse to attempt escape?
(a) She did not believe in the crematory and thought they would go somewhere better.
(b) She did not want to leave her mother, who was also in the circle.
(c) She was tired of living and had resigned herself to death.
(d) She was too frightened to move out of the circle.

15. What was the occupation of the "Lageraelteste" in her life outside of the camp?
(a) She had been a nurse.
(b) She had been a police officer.
(c) She had been a baker.
(d) She had been a kindergarten teacher.

Short Answer Questions

1. What illness afflicted the children who were lying near the door of the train car?

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

3. What ingredient in the bread irritated the prisoners' gums?

4. How many people within the barracks had to share a single blanket?

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

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