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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. What characterizes the second phase of a prisoner's mental state?
(a) Suprise at finding the beauty in camp life.
(b) Apathy in the face of the horrors of camp life.
(c) Grief.
(d) Depression.

2. What concentration camp does the author describe traveling to?
(a) Auschwitz.
(b) Sachsenhausen.
(c) Buchenwald.
(d) Dachau.

3. What was the main characteristic of the second phase of the prisoner's mental life?
(a) Anger.
(b) Love.
(c) Violence.
(d) Apathy.

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

5. What is the principal question that the author tries to address?
(a) "Why did so many people follow such an extreme leader?"
(b) "Why did the atrocities in the concentration camps go on for so long?"
(c) "What early childhood trauma may have prompted Hitler to his terrible ideas?"
(d) "How was everyday life in a prison camp reflected in the mind of the average person?"

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of complex does the author write prisoners suffered from?

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

3. What kind of sickness affected most of the prisoners in 1945?

4. What job do those who greet the prisoners as they arrive to the concentration camp do?

5. How were the Capos chosen?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the first section of Man's Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy, Frankl writes of his job working to lay tracks for a railway line. What was this job like? Who paid for it?

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

3. How did the SS respond to changing the list of prisoners who would board transport that would transfer prisoners to another camp or would send them to the gas chambers?

4. In the section on "Experiences in a Concentration Camp," Frankl describes a physical condition that affected "nearly all the camp inmates." What was this condition? How did it affect Frankl?

5. How does Frankl categorize the psychological response to such an abnormal situation as life in a concentration camp?

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

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

8. In "Experiences in a Concentration Camp," what does Frankl write happened when a train was prepared to transport prisoners?

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

10. As a new prisoner in camp, what decision did Frankl believe "marked the culminating point of the first phase of [his] psychological reaction"?

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