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Multiple Choice Questions

1. When does the third phase of the prisoners' psychology begin?
(a) Once they are no longer afraid.
(b) At liberation.
(c) After all hope is lost.
(d) After depression.

2. What does Frankl claim is the most important part of suffering?
(a) One's attitude in the face of it.
(b) The way that leads to love.
(c) The way that one maintains peace in the face of hardship.
(d) How one uses it to serve others.

3. What "deep concern" does Frankl write helped him to survive Auschwitz?
(a) His desire to rewrite a manuscript.
(b) His desire to serve others.
(c) His desire to get even with the SS.
(d) His desire to find his mom.

4. Why does Dr. Frankl describe that he sits next to corpses "crawling with lice" but they did not bother him?
(a) This was a space where he could find short periods of solitude.
(b) He was happy, sitting near these corpses, thinking about the lives that he was able to save as a doctor.
(c) He was thankful, as he looked at these corpses, that he had not yet died.
(d) He mentions this to illustrate the ideas that he was so emotionally detached that he simply didn't care who was near him.

5. What is the author's tone of voice in this, the second section, of the book?
(a) He describes his life before living in the concentration camp in exaggeratedly nostalgic terms.
(b) He is now emotionally detached as he remembers his earlier emotional life.
(c) He writes in clinical terms about prisoners mental states, as a doctor, not a former prisoner.
(d) He uses vulgar language to describe the hatred he still feels for the SS.

6. What two kinds of people does Frankl say exist?
(a) Decent and indecent.
(b) Loving and fearful.
(c) Strong and weak.
(d) Spiritual and non-spiritual.

7. What does Frankl write was the most depressing feature of life in a concentration camp?
(a) Not knowing how long the imprisonment would last.
(b) Stress in general.
(c) Losing a sense of individuality.
(d) Feeling impotent to affect the future.

8. What is Frankl's opinion of love?
(a) True service to another human being leads to a meaningful life.
(b) It is the only way to grasp another human being.
(c) It is essential to a happy life.
(d) It is a great way to find meaning.

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

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

11. How does Frankl's understanding of individual meaning differ from that of Jean-Paul Sartre?
(a) Sartre believes there is no meaning. Frankl believes it is crucial to life.
(b) Frankl took the idea from Sartre, and his definition is the same.
(c) Sartre believes that meaning is collective. Frankl believes it is individual.
(d) For Sartre, it is invented. For Frankl it is found.

12. 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?
(a) "By respecting nature, we learn to respect ourselves."
(b) "No one has the right to do wrong."
(c) "Morality is measured in small moments."
(d) "The way that you behave when nobody is watching speaks loudly of you."

13. How does Frankl write that Freudian psychotherapy deals with spiritual issues?
(a) Spiritual issues are not dealt with in psychotherapy.
(b) They are dealt with directly, and with respect for the difficulty that many patients have with these issues.
(c) They are not dealt with directly, but they are seen as having instinctual roots.
(d) Frankl writes that spirituality is dealt with by Freudian psychologists as a central issue in life, but it should be addressed with religious leaders.

14. What caused former prisoners to feel bitterness?
(a) The fact that they lost nearly all of their material wealth, and had to start anew.n
(b) That the SS also went free.
(c) The lack of response from people in prisoners' former hometowns.
(d) That they lost the company of their former prisonmates.

15. What are noo-dynamics?
(a) The dynamics between existential boredom and meaning.
(b) Family dynamics in which spiritual issues play a role.
(c) The tension between a victim and a victimizer.
(d) A tension between who a person is and who they can become.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Frankl claim about what man makes of himself?

2. How did fellow prisoners respond when someone stole potatoes?

3. What is the existential vacuum?

4. In contrast to psychoanalysis, what does Frankl claim logotherapy is centered around?

5. Why does Frankl believe that man behaves morally?

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