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

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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Where did the ambulances take the sick and injured who got off the train?
(a) To the camp barracks.
(b) To the infirmary.
(c) To the gas chambers.
(d) To another train that returned them to their country.

3. 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 inventory prisoners and maintain an accurate count.
(d) To select some prisoners for the crematory and to decimate the others.

4. Why did Olga renounce her privilege to write postcards to loved ones outside of the camp?
(a) She became suspicious when they were told to date them from another city.
(b) She refused to take any perceived "kindness" from her captors.
(c) She had no one left to whom she could write.
(d) She did not know what she could say to anyone about her situation.

5. What did Olga have to give to the blocova in order to keep her escape from the gas chamber a secret?
(a) A week's ration of margarine.
(b) Her toothbrush.
(c) Her wooden knife.
(d) Her boots.

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

7. How did Olga become a "rich woman" in the camp?
(a) She was given extra food by one of the guards.
(b) She made a toothbrush, a handkerchief, and a wooden knife.
(c) She found friends who comforted her.
(d) She was given her own blanket, which she shared with her bedmates.

8. What room became the "apartment" for Olga and her colleagues in the infirmary?
(a) The old urinal in Barrack Number 12.
(b) A pantry in the kitchens.
(c) A lean-to behind the washrooms.
(d) The far end of the hospital wing.

9. What was the "most tragic danger" for the sick in the camp?
(a) Starvation.
(b) Disease.
(c) Selections.
(d) Infection.

10. What did Olga hide in her boot?
(a) A knife.
(b) A picture of her family.
(c) A poison capsule.
(d) A piece of bread.

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

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

13. How did the children in the camp speak about the goings-on of the camp?
(a) Quietly and anxiously.
(b) Calmly and realistically.
(c) Tearfully and sometimes hysterically.
(d) They did not speak about it.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why did Olga's husband decide not to take half of her poison?

3. How many women worked in the kitchen staff?

4. Why did the Stubendiensts and the German prisoners form a circle around those who were chosen for selection?

5. What happened the day after Olga met her husband in the camp?

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