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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. As Frankl and his fellow prisoners watched fellow prisoners, what could they calculate?
(a) When they would be sent to the gas chambers.
(b) How badly they had been beaten.
(c) How much they had eaten.
(d) Each other's lifespans.

2. What kind of outbreak affected the prisoners at the author's camp?
(a) Measles.
(b) Scarlet Fever.
(c) Typhus.
(d) A strong seasonal flu.

3. How did Frankl earn the favor of "The Murderous Capo"?
(a) He held his hand.
(b) He applauded him.
(c) He gave him psychological advice.
(d) He spoke to him of hope.

4. 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 able, near these bodies, to spend a few minutes alone.
(c) He was emotionally distanced from death, and saw the humor in the situation.
(d) As a doctor, he knew that if he were infected with lice, he could easily treat himself.

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

6. 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 so many people follow such an extreme leader?"
(d) "Why did the atrocities in the concentration camps go on for so long?"

7. What does Frankl believe explains the lack of sexual urge in the concentration camp?
(a) Fear.
(b) Undernourishment.
(c) Shock.
(d) Stress.

8. What kind of complex does the author write prisoners suffered from?
(a) A Marytyr complex.
(b) An Inferiority complex.
(c) A Persecution complex.
(d) A Napoleon complex.

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

10. What did Frankl learn happened at Auschwitz after he left?
(a) Frankl's friend broke his leg and was sent to the gas chamber.
(b) Cannibalism broke out.
(c) Prisoners killed an SS officer.
(d) There was a fire.

11. Frankl was sent to another camp after his stay in Auschwitz. Why were the prisoners there pleased?
(a) There was no snow.
(b) The SS was not as cruel.
(c) There were no gas chambers.
(d) The food was good.

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

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

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

15. Where does the author of the book travel in a "prison car" with small peepholes?
(a) Past his hometown.
(b) To Switzerland.
(c) Through Germany.
(d) To Auschwitz.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did prisoners often discuss when they had a free moment?

2. How many mental phases does the author claim that concentration camp prisoners go through?

3. Why does the author decide not to try to escape the concentration camp?

4. How did Frankl respond to an SS officer who called him a pig, and asked him what his profession was?

5. What kind of event does the author attend with the camp's chief officer?

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