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 were the prisoners who worked outside of the camp forced to do as they marched into and out of camp?

2. How many women from the infirmary had the task of carrying corpses from the hospital to the morgue?

3. What gift did L. give to Olga and the other members of the infirmary staff?

4. Why did Olga and her companion refrain from wiping their faces even when they sweated?

5. Upon reflection, how does Olga Lengyel describe her philosophy about mankind?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did the Russian, Dr. Mitrovna, save Olga's life?

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

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

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

9. How were the S.S. at Auschwitz affected by the news that Paris had been liberated?

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

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

How were religious leaders treated in the camp? How did the conditions of the camp affect their religious beliefs? How were other prisoners affected by the examples of these religious leaders?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the examples of strength among the prisoners with the examples of weakness. How did these examples inspire or repel the other prisoners? How could each have become a source of inspiration?

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