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

2. At the time of the author's story, the city of Cluj was a part of what country?
(a) Russia.
(b) Hungary.
(c) Romania.
(d) Poland.

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

4. How many internees were in Olga's camp?
(a) Thirty to forty thousand.
(b) Around one hundred thousand.
(c) Over two hundred thousand.
(d) About ten thousand.

5. Why did the Stubendiensts surround the prisoners who were chosen for selection?
(a) To pray for them before they were taken to the crematory.
(b) To prevent them from escaping.
(c) To try to prevent the S.S. from taking them to the crematory.
(d) To give them privacy from the other prisoners.

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

7. What was wrong with the young Greek girl who was brought into the infirmary from a neighboring barrack?
(a) She had dysentery.
(b) She was anemic.
(c) She had pneumonia.
(d) She was mentally ill.

8. What sign, posted in the camp, assured prisoners that they would be put to work?
(a) "To work is to live!"
(b) "Work is the path to happiness!"
(c) "Work is freedom!"
(d) "Hard work is its own reward!"

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

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

11. 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 wanted to find a place to be alone.
(d) She followed along with a friend.

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

13. What name was given to the prisoner who was chosen to oversee the service within each block?
(a) Koia.
(b) Blocova.
(c) Stubendienst.
(d) Lagerkap.

14. What was the duty of the blocova's secretary?
(a) To edit the roll call and reports.
(b) To deliver messages to the S.S. offices.
(c) To keep the blocova's office organized.
(d) To write and send out memos to the other prisoners.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How often were the prisoners allowed to go to the latrines?

2. How many women worked in the kitchen staff?

3. Why did Olga get in the line to have her hair shaved?

4. Why did Olga renounce her privilege to write postcards to loved ones outside of the camp?

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

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