Man's Search for Meaning Quiz | Eight Week Quiz D

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through "Experiences in a Concentration Camp" (through page 115).

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How is humor characterized in camp life?
(a) Black humor is the most common kind of humor in camp.
(b) Humor is rarely used.
(c) The SS offices, and occassionally the Capos, are the only people in camp who use humor.
(d) Prisoners use humor as a weapon in self-preservation.

2. Why did the Capo in the author's working party do him favors?
(a) This Capo favored him because they were from the same hometown.
(b) The author aided him in finding the strongest men to work on his team.
(c) The author listened to his marital problems and offered psychotherapeutic advice.
(d) The author was his doctor before he was put in prison.

3. What does the author claim helped to detach prisoner's minds from their surroundings?
(a) A cold curiosity about what conditions they could survive.
(b) Intimate relationships with fellow prisoners.
(c) An intense fantasy life.
(d) A card game that they invented in their quarters that they looked forward to during the day.

4. What did Frankl try to reconstruct, that he lost when he arrived to Auschwitz?
(a) A sling for his injured arm.
(b) The inserts in his shoes.
(c) A ring.
(d) A manuscript.

5. Why does the author, himself a concentration camp survivor, write, "We know: the best of us did not return"?
(a) The author believes this because the prisoners kept themselves alive by brutally and dishonestly fighting for their existence.
(b) The author claims that this is the case because he deeply misses his family members who died at Auschwitz.
(c) The author feels that the most defiant prisoners, those who stood up to the SS officers, were immediately killed.
(d) This quote is taken from a paragraph in which the author writes that the humblest prisoners were the earliest to be killed by the SS officers.

Short Answer Questions

1. For Frankl, what makes life meaningful and purposeful?

2. How does Frankl describe the "size" of human suffering?

3. What did Frankl visit with the camp's chief doctor?

4. How were normal reactions hastened among the workers charged with removing sewage?

5. What symptom characterizes the first mental phase of prisoners in concentration camps?

(see the answer key)

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