Five Chimneys: The Story of Auschwitz Test | Final Test - Medium

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 not kill Dr. Mengele when she had the chance?
(a) She knew she must live to tell the story.
(b) She knew that the entire camp would be punished for her actions.
(c) She was too afraid for her own life.
(d) She hesitated and lost the opportunity.

2. 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.

3. What gift did L. give to Olga and the other members of the infirmary staff?
(a) Spoons.
(b) Fruit.
(c) Wool.
(d) Margarine.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How many women were saved from death on the day that Dr. Klein sent them out of the washroom?

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

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

4. What/who disappeared from the camp in November of 1944?

5. Why were pregnancies sometimes hard to catch in the initial selection at the station?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Olga's second, and last, meeting with her husband.

2. What was the difference between "organization" and "theft"?

3. How did the conditions in camp reveal a person's true nature?

4. How did the Germans use work assignments to break the spirits of the prisoners?

5. How were the internees at Auschwitz affected by the news that Paris had been liberated?

6. Why does Olga say, "I could never decide whether it was harder to dig ditches next to the crematory or work near the railroad station..."?

7. How did the camp change as the end of the war neared?

8. What observations did Olga make about the effects of the first weeks in camp upon new internees?

9. What metaphor did Olga use to describe the "scientific experiments" that the Nazis performed on prisoners?

10. In what ways were the inmates in the Czech camp given preferential treatment?

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