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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How many roll calls occurred each day?
2. What was the occupation of the "Lageraelteste" in her life outside of the camp?
3. At the beginning of the author's story, how much of Europe was under Nazi control?
4. Why did Olga go into the washrooms at lunch?
5. How long after their arrival did Olga and her fellow prisoners receive blankets?
Short Essay Questions
1. How did Olga react to her first sight of the women inside the camp?
2. How were the people on the train cars affected by the trip and the inhumane conditions?
3. Why did Tadek give Olga a potato and a shawl?
4. How did Olga's life in the infirmary compare to the life she was previously leading in the camp?
5. Why did Olga ask forgiveness from her mother and father while they waited in the train car?
6. What details about their arrival offered the passengers hope that their conditions would be better at the camp?
7. What dilemma did Olga face whenever her companions argued about the existence of the crematories?
8. Why did Olga blame herself for the deaths of her parents and children?
9. What did the barrack chief, Irka, explain after Olga suggested that she had hope for survival?
10. Who was the "Lageraelteste" and why was she chosen for this position?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
According to the author, why is the entire world responsible for the atrocities that the Nazis committed? How does the blame of other countries compare to Germany's blame? What must the world do in order to make amends for its mistakes of World War II?
Essay Topic 2
Why did the author find the treatment of the children in the Nazi camps particularly disturbing? What made the treatment and the murder of the children more horrific in her mind?
Essay Topic 3
Analyze the social structure and hierarchy (both formal and informal) among the prisoners in the concentration camp. How was this structure different from their previous lives, and how did this subversion of their lives create ironic situations?
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