Five Chimneys: The Story of Auschwitz Test | Final 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 was the weather like when Olga and the rest of her camp were evacuated from Auschwitz?

2. According to the author, how many corpses were burned each day at Bireknau between the crematory ovens and the death pits?

3. How much did Olga pay in order to buy a piece of cloth and have a nurse's blouse made?

4. According to the author, why did the Germans keep the insane inmates alive?

5. What did the resistance use as the principle center for broadcasting its "spoken newspaper"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Olga and her companions find renewed energy by stealing bread from the warehouse?

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

3. What purpose did the building known as "Canada" serve, both for the Germans and for the inmates?

4. Why did Olga still have faith in mankind, despite her tragic experience?

5. How did prostitution emerge in the camp?

6. What examples did Olga offer to illustrate the emotional strength of some prisoners?

7. What evidence suggested to Olga that Dr. Klein had some compassion?

8. How did Olga and her friends escape from the ranks of prisoners during the march?

9. What steps did the Nazis take in order to reassure the newly arrived deportees that their lives in the camp would be bearable?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Both the Nazis and the author herself committed murders during this experience. Compare and contrast their crimes. How are these crimes different from one another? What makes the author's crimes more excusable, or at least understandable, than those of the Nazis?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The author describes the cultural makeup of the concentration camp as a "melting pot" of nationalities, languages, and social classes. How did the conditions of the camp make cultural and social distinctions irrelevant?

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