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. Why was Auschwitz made up of mostly Gentile prisoners?

2. What happened when a woman gave birth in the concentration camp?

3. What surprised Olga about the four men in sports clothes that she saw at the train station?

4. How many of the crematory buildings were destroyed in the explosion that the resistance set off?

5. What were Dr. Mengele's two favorite studies?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What experiences did the author have with the commander-in-chief of the camp, Joseph Kramer?

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

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

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

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

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 Germans react to an unusually low report of pregnancies among the women inmates?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the role of choice versus luck in the author's ability to survive her ordeal. How much of her survival was a result of the choices that she made, and how much of her survival was the result of luck?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the problems presented to the author and others in the camp because of pregnancy and childbirth. How did they deal with the dilemma? Why did they take the risks?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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