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

Gitta Sereny
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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. According to the author, who tells her the most information about Stangl and his family's life the two years following the end of the war?

2. According to Glazar, what is the name of the camp uprising prisoner who had come to Treblinka "because he loved someone else" and died there "deliberately, for us"?

3. During Glazar's conversations with the author, what color is the "lovely" glass jar on the shelf with the Treblinka earth in the bottom?

4. In what month of 1942 did the exiled Polish government release a report detailing the mass murder of Jews since the German invasion?

5. Who does Otto Horn testify to having stood at the gas chamber doors with in Treblinka, driving people in with a whip?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the author describe Richard Glazar and his family when she visited his home in 1972?

2. How did Hubert Pfoch manage to get pictures of Treblinka transports later used as evidence in the trial of ten guards?

3. Who was Father Burckhardt Schneider?

4. How did Otto Horn describe Gustav Munzberger's job at Treblinka?

5. How did Zabecki's wife deal with the cruelty of the human transports and escalating murders?

6. How did Rome figure in Stangl's escape to another country?

7. How did Stangl respond upon the author's return in June and who did the author bring with her this time?

8. What happened to Samuel Rajzman's little girl?

9. Who was Franciszek Zabecki?

10. Why was Stangl's wife shocked by Father Mario's response to her talk about her husband under confessional?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the relationship between social Darwinism and the Euthanasia and Extermination Programmes as presented within the book.

Essay Topic 2

As Stangl described the killings and daily operations at the camps he oversaw, Sereny pointed out that she noticed the emergence of two Stangl identities. At several points in the biography Sereny observed that Stangl was one person when he was doing normal things and then another person when performing his "duties." Explain this dual personality as detailed in the book and then provide specific examples of each personality as observed or documented in the book.

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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