Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 name of Stangl's friend who was sent to a concentration camp for asking to be relieved from duty?

2. "Aktion Reinhardt" designated what?

3. Hartl joined the SS in what year?

4. How long did Stangl's conversation with SS officer Globocnik last on the bench outside SS HQ?

5. At a camp halfway between Chelm and Sobibor, Stangl visited and found workers under whose supervision?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the Nazi plans for "Final Solution" come to be during the invasion of Russia?

2. Why did Stangl feel betrayed by testimony at his trial from Stanislaw Szmajzner?

3. What does the author describe for us about T4 and the facility used for T4 in the initial chapters of Part One of the book?

4. What events occurred in Stangl's life after he became a policeman, but just before the Nazis invaded his homeland?

5. What did the author mention about Hitler's new Europe from "Mein Kampf?"

6. What did Stangl reveal about his orders to report to T4 and his knowledge of T4's purpose?

7. What was the significance of placing all four death camps in Poland?

8. With whom did the author discuss the evolution of the Euthanasia Programme?

9. How did Stanislaw Szmajzner describe the Sobibor camp set-up?

10. Who was Brack in relation to T4 and Stangl?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pope Pius XII was mostly silent on euthanasia and Jewish genocide by the Nazis. Why? Please cite personal and religious reasons. When he was no longer silent, what was the changing climate that he felt "safe" enough to issue statements of opposition for either form of genocide?

Essay Topic 2

In initial interviews Stangl talked about his life in Austria with his parents, his new career, and the changing political atmosphere of his country as the 1938 invasion approached. What was going on in Stangl's life? How did he seem to interact with his parents? Co-workers? His new wife? How did these interactions shed light on Stangl the man?

Essay Topic 3

Albert Hartl, after a tour of duty killing Jews and others, was freed from his duties, with pension, after a disputed mental breakdown. Compare that man's situation with Franz Stangl's. Did Stangl have same options? Why or why not?

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