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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Looking back at the experience of living in a concentration camp, what does Frankl say is the most wonderful feeling?
(a) That the SS has been punished.
(b) That so many survived.
(c) That there is no returning to camp.
(d) That there is nothing left to fear -- except God.

2. How did Frankl himself realize he was free?
(a) He saw a former fellow prisoner, and they realized how different they each looked.
(b) When walking down the street, someone called his name, and he realized that he had his identity back.
(c) Walking alone in a field, he fell to his knees, recalling his former prayers for freedom.
(d) He returned to work, and was treated with respect by his clients for the first time in years.

3. What does Frankl write about those with very difficult circumstances, such as being diagnosed with a terminal illness?
(a) He writes that these circumstances create martyrs.
(b) He believes that people can rise above his outward fate.
(c) He believes that those who are discreet and do not complain can die with dignity.
(d) Frankl believes that these circumstances would cause anyone to suffer terribly.

4. What does Frankl write about responsibility?
(a) Logotherapy is responsible for improving the world.
(b) Frankl writes that the therapist is responsible for the direction of each therapy session.
(c) Logotherapy tries to impress on each patient their responsibility.
(d) It is important to note that the SS were not the only responsible parties involved in torture.

5. What did Frankl speak to his fellow prisoners about when their morale was low?
(a) Hope.
(b) Love.
(c) Death.
(d) Hygiene.

6. How does Frankl respond to those who claimed they would commit suicide because "they had nothing to expect from life any more"?
(a) "Happiness can still be achieved."
(b) "You must truly listen to your own inner voice, and you will find that there is much more that you can expect."
(c) "It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us."
(d) "Man was made to suffer, but there is meaning in suffering. With great humility this is possible."

7. What happened, according to the author, to the instinct to violence in the prisoners?
(a) They reacted more and more irritably when faced with violence.
(b) It completely disappeared as they learned what being a victim was like.
(c) It decreased as they saw the harm violence made.
(d) It grew as they saw more and more violence.

8. What did the camp doctor give his prisoners after they were liberated?
(a) Magazines.
(b) Cigarettes.
(c) Medicine.
(d) Whiskey.

9. What choice does the author claim that people can control in difficult circumstances?
(a) "People, even in these horrible circumstances, can control the way that they treat others."
(b) "In any circumstance... man can choose his own reaction, we can all choose to focus on love."
(c) "Man can preserve a vestige of spiritual freedom, or independence of mind..."
(d) "We can all always choose our breathing patterns, which influence our mood, and that influences our actions."

10. How does the existential vacuum manifest itself?
(a) A sense of guilt.
(b) Anxiety.
(c) Boredom.
(d) Depression.

11. What does Frankl suggest happens to "self-centeredness" in logotherapy?
(a) It is broken up.
(b) It is fostered in order to build confidence.
(c) It is used to show the patient how their thought pattern should change.
(d) It is made evident.

12. What did the more "prominent" prisoners, the Capo, develop in camp?
(a) Delirium.
(b) Major depressive disorder.
(c) Delusions of grandeur.
(d) Dementia.

13. After the liberation of the camp, why does the SS take most of the remaining prisoners?
(a) To kill them.
(b) To take them to another camp.
(c) To torture them so that they would not speak of their experiences.
(d) To send them to Switzerland.

14. What is "hyper-intention"?
(a) When an excess of energy creates a lack of meaning.
(b) This term is not used in the book.
(c) When an excess of intention makes the intended goal impossible.
(d) When a person is so intent on a goal that they are hyper.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Frankl writes that "every age has its own collective neurosis." What does he characterize as the neurosis of his day?

2. How does Frankl write that love is interpreted in psychotherapy?

3. What does Frankl write about the moral drive?

4. What two kinds of people does Frankl say exist?

5. What did Frankl try to teach a former prisoner who felt that he could trample crops in a field because he had been through so much himself?

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