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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 word used in Part III: “Dancing at Auschwitz,” Chapter 11 refers to a sweetened, aromatic solution of alcohol and water containing medicinal substances?

2. What “confession” does Olin make before the other retreat attendees at the meditation meeting in Part III: “Dancing at Auschwitz,” Chapter 14?

3. The excommunicated monk Stefan’s priory is in the region of what notorious death camp north of Warsaw, according to the narrator in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 7?

4. Who informs Olin in Part III: “Dancing at Auschwitz,” Chapter 14 that she has tracked down a former patient of Dr. Allgeier’s who later worked as a camp guard?

5. Whom does Sister Catherine describe as her namesake in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Father Mikal discuss with Olin in the beginning of Part III: “Dancing at Auschwitz,” Chapter 13?

2. What story does Rainer reveal of his family in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 7?

3. What realities about his grandparents does Olin come to terms with in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 6?

4. How is the character of Stanislav K. described in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 8?

5. How is the theme of the human capacity for evil explored in Part III: “Dancing at Auschwitz,” Chapter 11?

6. How does the narrator describe the correlations between art and evil in Part III: “Dancing at Auschwitz,” Chapter 13?

7. How does Olin come to meet Sister Catherine in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 6?

8. What does Olin learn about Father Mikal in Cracow in Part IV: “In Paradise,” Chapter 16?

9. Where does Olin go after Catherine bids him farewell in Part IV: “In Paradise,” Chapter 16?

10. How does the narrator describe the mood of the attendees in the beginning of Part III: “Dancing at Auschwitz,” Chapter 11?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss the character of Rainer in the novel. What is the significance of Rainer’s story about his uncle? How does Rainer perceive the history of the Germans? How does Rainer differ in his perceptions of history and culpability from the other characters at the retreat?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the attraction and tension between Olin and Sister Catherine in In Paradise. Are there indications in the text that Sister Catherine shares an attraction to Dr. Olin? How does Olin perceive his own feelings for Sister Catherine?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the city of Oswiecim and discuss its significance to Clements Olin in the narrative. What does Clements point out of the setting when it is encountered? What relationship to Mirek and Wanda have to this city?

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