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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the principal question that the author tries to address?
(a) "How was everyday life in a prison camp reflected in the mind of the average person?"
(b) "What early childhood trauma may have prompted Hitler to his terrible ideas?"
(c) "Why did the atrocities in the concentration camps go on for so long?"
(d) "Why did so many people follow such an extreme leader?"

2. Was there art in the concentration camp?
(a) Yes, there were gatherings with songs, poems, jokes, and some satire.
(b) No, there was no such thing as the rules prohibiting self-expression were strict.
(c) Yes, there were many prisoners (including Frankl) who attempted literature.
(d) No, the prisoners were far too depressed to care for art.

3. How did prisoners experience beauty?
(a) They discussed beautiful art that they had seen outside the camp.
(b) They experienced it intensely.
(c) The SS officers made light of their lack of sensibility when surrounded by beauty in nature.
(d) Their lives were too focused on primitive needs to worry about such things.

4. Who narrates this story?
(a) A woman who claims to have grown up with Hitler.
(b) A woman who hid Jews in her home to save them from the concentration camps.
(c) A concentration camp survivor.
(d) A former Nazi.

5. How did Frankl respond to an SS officer who called him a pig, and asked him what his profession was?
(a) He refused to speak.
(b) He said he had been a psychiatrist, and understood perfectly what his issues were.
(c) He told him he was a doctor who did charitable work.
(d) He argued that it was none of his business, and then tried to hit him.

6. What does the author think about during difficult moments?
(a) His favorite poem.
(b) His favorite recipe.
(c) His love for his wife.
(d) His religion.

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

8. Why did prisoners try to get to the center of the lines that workers formed in the morning?
(a) Large blocks of people were always selected from the center, so friends could remain together.
(b) For the warmth in the center of the group.
(c) To avoid being seen by the SS.
(d) They could neither be punished for arriving early nor beaten for arriving late.

9. What job do those who greet the prisoners as they arrive to the concentration camp do?
(a) They decide which women are not strong enough to work.
(b) They find prisoners who are willing to lie about their identities.
(c) They separate the sick from the fit.
(d) They take charge of the belongings of the new arrivals.

10. How were prisoners identified?
(a) By the name of the place they lived before being captured.
(b) By number.
(c) By name.
(d) By the room they were assigned.

11. How were the Capos chosen?
(a) They were the prisoners who were seen as having a suitable character for the job.
(b) They were chosen for their height, as the work that they did required tall men.
(c) They were chosen according to their phyiscal strength.
(d) They were randomly chosen from groups arriving by train daily.

12. Why were camp inmates frightened of decisions?
(a) They were scared of bringing attention to themselves.
(b) They worried about the consequences of excercising their own judgement.
(c) They believed that fate was one's master.
(d) They were frightened of everything.

13. What does the author claim hurts most about the physical blows from SS officers?
(a) The unfairness of the blows.
(b) The way that the officers hit prisoners where they were already injured.
(c) The use of sticks to hit the prisoners.
(d) The way in which the SS officers did not speak to the prisoners before beating them.

14. What does Frankl call "the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire."
(a) Love.
(b) Belonging.
(c) Hope.
(d) Faith.

15. How does Frankl describe the "size" of human suffering?
(a) It is only perceptible to the individual.
(b) It is impossible to gauge.
(c) It can never be as great as it was for prisoners in Auschwitz.
(d) It is relative.

Short Answer Questions

1. What characterizes the second phase of a prisoner's mental state?

2. What kind of complex does the author write prisoners suffered from?

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

4. During the time that the author spent in concentration camps, what does he describe as his main work?

5. What did Frankl learn happened at Auschwitz after he left?

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