Five Chimneys: The Story of Auschwitz Test | Final 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 "astonishing question" that Irma Griese asked Olga?
(a) "What is your name?"
(b) "Where do you come from?"
(c) "How do you know Dr. Klein?"
(d) "Would you like to sit down?"

2. Upon reflection, how does Olga Lengyel describe her philosophy about mankind?
(a) She believed that mankind is weak and easily influenced by negative forces.
(b) She believed that mankind is basically cruel and the situation influenced this cruelty.
(c) She continued to have faith in mankind and hope for the future.
(d) She believed that only the Nazis could ever be capable of such evil acts.

3. According to the author, of what ingredient was the camp soap made?
(a) Toiletries taken from the luggage of detainees.
(b) The rendered bodies of rats caught in the camp.
(c) The soup that was left at the end of each week.
(d) The grease from the cremated bodies of prisoners.

4. What scientific benefit resulted from Dr. Mengele's experiments involving human subjects?
(a) No scientific benefit.
(b) He discovered penicillin.
(c) A vaccine for polio was developed.
(d) Safer gas masks were designed.

5. What song did Olga and the other inmates listen to on the phonograph record?
(a) "Whistle While You Work" from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
(b) "Silent Night" by Bing Crosby.
(c) "Puttin' on the Ritz" by Fred Astaire.
(d) "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Benny Goodman.

6. How many days passed between Olga's arrival in the village and the arrival of the Russian troops?
(a) The Russians arrived five days later.
(b) The Russians arrived that same night.
(c) The Russians arrived three days later.
(d) The Russians arrived the next morning.

7. What standard did the Germans use to determine which children in the men's camp would be exterminated?
(a) Shoe size.
(b) Height.
(c) Weight.
(d) Age.

8. How long did the roll calls last on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays?
(a) Until lunch time.
(b) From dawn until the end of the afternoon.
(c) From sunup to sundown.
(d) For over six hours.

9. How many of the crematory buildings were destroyed in the explosion that the resistance set off?
(a) Three out of the four.
(b) Two out of the four.
(c) All four buildings.
(d) Only one of the four.

10. Why was Olga uneasy when the French internee came to the infirmary on August 26, 1944?
(a) His wounds were too severe for her to help him.
(b) She did not trust him.
(c) Men were not supposed to come into the women's infirmary.
(d) He seemed too happy, and she was afraid that he had gone mad.

11. What did Irma Griese forbid Olga to do?
(a) To look at her in the eye.
(b) To accompany Dr. Klein on his rounds.
(c) To return to the infirmary.
(d) To speak to any other inmate about their meeting.

12. Why were pregnancies sometimes hard to catch in the initial selection at the station?
(a) The German officers did not always pay close attention to details.
(b) They were difficult to miss because there were so many people at the station.
(c) Out of fear, many women tried to hide their pregnancies.
(d) Many women wore several layers of clothing, hoping to be able to keep them all.

13. How did Olga escape from the rope that bound her to the cart?
(a) She worked her hands loose by pulling and stretching the rope.
(b) She used a knife that she had hidden in her skirt.
(c) She gnawed through them with her teeth.
(d) She rubbed the rope back and forth against the wood on the cart.

14. What did Irma Griese do to the handsome Georgian's Polish lover?
(a) She sent her to the Auschwitz brothel.
(b) She sent her to the gas chamber.
(c) She cut off all of her hair.
(d) She had her taken into the woods and shot.

15. How many women were saved from death on the day that Dr. Klein sent them out of the washroom?
(a) Forty-two.
(b) Seventy-six.
(c) Thirty-one.
(d) Fifty-four.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Olga and her bunk mates have for a "farewell supper" when she left Block 26 to go to Block 13?

2. Where did the prisoners hide their "pinklys" during roll call?

3. What physical feature caused Olga to be subjected to ridicule and beatings?

4. Why did L. insist that Olga give out all of the news that he delivered to her?

5. Why could Olga not get a sample of the mysterious powder that was put into the prisoners' food?

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