Five Chimneys: The Story of Auschwitz Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

2. Aside from the gas chamber, what other means of extermination did the Nazis use?

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

4. Why did the author and her colleagues dread taking contagious cases to the hospital?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the conditions of the work in the infirmary.

3. How did the German soldiers react to the passengers on the train cars?

4. Who was the "Lageraelteste" and why was she chosen for this position?

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

6. How did Olga's life in the infirmary compare to the life she was previously leading in the camp?

7. At what point did the deportees realize the true horror of their situation?

8. How did Olga and her husband react to meeting each other within the camp?

9. Why did Olga run from the washroom when Tadek entered?

10. What made the roll calls at the camp so difficult to endure?

Essay Topics

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Why did some prisoners survive while others did not? What qualities seemed to enable some prisoners to survive? To what extremes did some inmates resort, and how did these actions affect them?

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