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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. Who is the survivor-writer that is quoted in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 3 has having said “The Holocaust belongs to the type of enormous experience that reduces one to silence. Any utterance, any statement, any ‘answer’ is tiny, meaningless, and occasionally ridiculous”?

2. What word from Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 2 means to fear something greatly and/or to be in extreme apprehension of something?

3. What is the name of Clements Olin’s father in the novel?

4. Who harasses the Catholic novices when they light a candle in the Hunger Cell in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 4?

5. What term in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 4 refers to a liturgical prayer consisting of three or six verses?

Short Essay Questions

1. What symbolic items did Olin’s grandfather bring with him to the New World, according to the narrator in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 5? Why?

2. How does Dr. Stern describe his personal mission in attending the retreat in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 3?

3. How is the setting of Kasmierz described in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 1?

4. Where does Dr. Stern say most of the retreat attendees have come from in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 3?

5. What does Olin consider about the concept of “bearing witness” in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 4?

6. How would you describe the narrative style established in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 1?

7. What about Commandant Rudolf Höss fascinates Olin, according to the narrator in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 5?

8. Why does Olin set out alone for Birkenau after lunch in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 4?

9. How has the group dynamic evolved when the narrative returns to the present tense in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 5?

10. What does Olin point out about the history of Oswiecim in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the character of Dr. Anders Stern in the novel. Where is Dr. Stern from? How is his appearance described? What can you discern of Dr. Stern’s demeanor based on his actions in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the establishment of Auschwitz Concentration Camp and its history. Who were the first prisoners brought to the camp? How many individuals died at Auschwitz during its operation? When was Auschwitz liberated?

Essay Topic 3

Identity and Self-Discovery

a. Discuss the themes of identity and self-discovery as they apply to protagonist Clements Olin in the novel. What does Clements come to discover about himself in the course of the story?

b. How do the themes of identity and self-discovery apply to the character of Georgie Earwig in the novel? Why is it important to Earwig to learn his family’s name?

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