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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does the author describe smoking in the concentration camps?
(a) The prisoners who worked in the kitchen.
(b) Railway workers.
(c) The Capo and the suicidal.
(d) Prison doctors.

2. Why does the author decide not to try to escape the concentration camp?
(a) He decides that he would rather stay with his patients.
(b) He decides that his recent good mood would make the escape too obvious, and asks his friend to escape on his own.
(c) He fears that the route out of the camp is too visible.
(d) He believes that there is too much space outside the concentration camp, and they will not make it to the next populated town.

3. Who does the author claim entertained thoughts of suicide in the concentration camp?
(a) The author notes that nearly all of the prisoners entertained these thoughts.
(b) The author claims these thoughts were particularly common among men.
(c) He notes there was a high suicide rate among the Capos.
(d) The author writes that suicide was most common when it was snowing.

4. What possession does the author of this book try to keep after arriving to the concentration camp?
(a) A wedding ring.
(b) A gold tooth.
(c) A sturdy pair of boots.
(d) A scientific manuscript.

5. What are "premium coupons"?
(a) These came from the construction firm that hired the workers from the prison, and could be exchanged for cigarettes.
(b) These were certificates from the SS guards, and were awarded to prisoners who arrived to work before the morning bell rang.
(c) These came from the construction firm that hired workers through the prison, and could be used to buy days off work.
(d) Raffle tickets given to the SS guards to award them things previously owned by the prisoners.

6. What happens in the story of Death in Teheran?
(a) It is the story of a tragic death by fire in Teheran, which shows that all of us must die in the end.
(b) A man dies in Teheran, but faces his death bravely, and this inspires the theory of logotherapy.
(c) Death threatens a servant who flees to Teheran, but Teheran is where Death plans to meet him.
(d) It is a story of a man who dies in Teheran, because of his own cruelty to his neighbors.

7. When Frankl was scheduled to be transported to another camp, what did the chief doctor do?
(a) Fired Frankl from his job.
(b) Created a new position for Frankl in the next camp.
(c) Arranged for Frankl to stay.
(d) Forged a letter of introduction.

8. Where does the author claim that most of the extermination took place?
(a) In the big, famous camps.
(b) In small camps.
(c) During mass transport, on the road to the camps.
(d) In camps in northern Europe.

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

10. Why was the author not bothered by sitting near lice-infested human corpses?
(a) He was able to distract himself thinking of his love for his wife.
(b) He was emotionally distanced from death, and saw the humor in the situation.
(c) As a doctor, he knew that if he were infected with lice, he could easily treat himself.
(d) He was able, near these bodies, to spend a few minutes alone.

11. What did Frankl visit with the camp's chief doctor?
(a) A spiritual seance.
(b) A meeting.
(c) A dinner with the SS.
(d) A conference.

12. What job did Frankl do in freezing temperatures out of doors?
(a) He worked on icky train tracks.
(b) He worked on the roof of the prison director's building.
(c) He worked in an open-air hospital.
(d) He worked in the sewage pits.

13. What did the prison car that Frankl took pass?
(a) His mother's home.
(b) A beautiful lake.
(c) A beach.
(d) His old home.

14. What was the "most ghastly moment of the twenty-four hours of camp life"?
(a) Dinner time, hungry and dealing with small, flavorless food.
(b) Waking up at three in the morning to work.
(c) Working in the early hours, in the cold.
(d) Skipping lunch.

15. What did prisoners often discuss when they had a free moment?
(a) Food.
(b) The past.
(c) Fear of death.
(d) Escape.

Short Answer Questions

1. How were prisoners identified?

2. What does the author attempt to describe in this essay?

3. Were all foremen harsh and cruel?

4. Was there art in the concentration camp?

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

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