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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Under what conditions does Frankl describe the SS beating prisoners?
(a) When they were injurred and unable to work.
(b) At the direction of the SS authorities, prisoners were beaten.
(c) When they spoke before being spoken to.
(d) At the slightest provocation or for no reason at all.

2. When was there a free fight among the prisoners?
(a) Before work began daily, when prisoners competed to be assigned the first jobs, as these were the least physically demanding.
(b) Before there was a shipment of the feeble and inable to work, when prisoners struggled not to be transported to another site.
(c) Before meal time, when prisoners competed for one of the limited number of two-course meals.
(d) Before bed, when men and women competed for a place on a soft bed.

3. What kind of event does the author attend with the camp's chief officer?
(a) A seance.
(b) A medical presentation on Measles.
(c) A meeting where SS officials discuss punishment.
(d) A private meal.

4. Why did Frankl have to leave his shoes unlaced?
(a) He injured his ankle and had a hidden makeshift cast.
(b) He suffered from edema.
(c) His socks, though warm, were the wrong size.
(d) He was given shoes that were too small.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the prisoners think of indoor work?

2. Who narrates this story?

3. What does the author claim helped to detach prisoner's minds from their surroundings?

4. How were the Capos chosen?

5. What does the author claim hurts most about the physical blows from SS officers?

Short Essay Questions

1. Frankl writes that because of the harsh realities of camp life and the "constant necessity of concentrating on the task of staying alive," some of the prisoners "regressed" to a more primitive form of mental life. How does he see this manifest itself?

2. Who were termed "Moslems" in camp? What consequences did being called "Moslem" have?

3. According to Frankl, what characterizes the prisoners' thinking when they first arrive at camp?

4. After the initial mental phase that was characterized by shock, what characterized the second phase that Frankl noticed in his fellow prisoners and in himself?

5. In the first section of the text, "Experiences in a Concentration Camp," what groups does Frankl identify within the concentration camp? Which group does he focus on? Why?

6. According to the first section of the text, "Experiences in a Concentration Camp," what advantages did the Capo have over normal prisoners?

7. According to Frankl, what were the communal showers like? What was the attitude of the prisoners as they entered their first communal shower? Why is this important to Frankl?

8. How were prisoners separated when they arrived at Auschwitz?

9. What does Frankl claim is the difficulty of his attempt at a methodical presentation of the psychology of the prisoner?

10. What were the initial conditions of camp life for the prisoners that arrived to Auschwitz with Frankl?

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