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Olga Lengyel
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did Olga's husband decide not to take half of her poison?
(a) He decided that he would live to tell others about the cruelty he had seen.
(b) He remembered where he could find his own poison.
(c) She begged him to leave it all for her.
(d) She might have needed it all, and suicide might be easier for him.

2. Why did Olga get in the line to have her hair shaved?
(a) She was ordered into the line by a guard.
(b) She saw the head-shaving as an expression of mourning.
(c) She was worried about the threat of lice.
(d) She preferred to undergo the same treatment as her peers.

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

4. 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) To avoid coming into contact with the decaying corpses.
(c) Because there was not enough room in the car for everyone to lie down.
(d) Because no one wanted to be near the door when it was opened.

5. 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 stole food from the kitchen.
(d) She covered her back with a piece of wool.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the green triangle on a prisoner's uniform indicate?

2. Other than for eating, of what use were the twenty bowls issued to the prisoners in the barracks?

3. How many women worked in the kitchen staff?

4. According to the author, why was the male German prisoner, who saved her from the S.S., treated better than other prisoners?

5. What was the handsome, blue-eyed man doing in Olga's barrack?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what ways was Birkenau different from Auschwitz?

2. What details about their arrival offered the passengers hope that their conditions would be better at the camp?

3. How was the Zahlappel different from a regular selection?

4. How did Olga come to work in the infirmary?

5. Why did the German guards intentionally assign prisoners to work for which they were unsuited?

6. What were the conditions like in Olga's barracks?

7. Why did the Germans allow the prisoners to write postcards to their loved ones outside of the camps?

8. How did the Germans attempt to create animosity among the prisoners?

9. Describe the hierarchy of the prisoners in the camp.

10. How did Olga become a "rich woman" in the camp?

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