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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) At the direction of the SS authorities, prisoners were beaten.
(b) When they spoke before being spoken to.
(c) When they were injurred and unable to work.
(d) At the slightest provocation or for no reason at all.

2. Who greets the prisoners upon their arrival at the concentration camp?
(a) Cruel SS guards with dogs.
(b) The director of the camp.
(c) Cheerful prisoners speaking different languages.
(d) An unidentified man who directs the prisoners to form two separate lines.

3. How does the author describe the Capos?
(a) "The Capos lived in fear, knowing that they could be stripped of their privileges at any moment."
(b) "The Capos enjoyed life in the prisons, and took pleasure in the humiliation of others."
(c) "The Capos were miserable, knowing that they had betrayed their people."
(d) "Many Capos fared better in camp than they had in their entire lives."

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why were camp inmates frightened of decisions?

2. What is the "delusion of reprieve"?

3. What were the exceptions to the "cultural hibernation" in camp?

4. When the author arrived to the concentration camp, the group of arrivals were separated into two lines. What happened to these two groups?

5. What does the author attempt to describe in this essay?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the beatings like in the concentration camp? What does Frankl argue was the worst part of these?

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

3. What did Frankl call to "run into the wire"? What role did this play in camp life, and in the mental lives of prisoners in camp?

4. 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?

5. How did the Capo alter the normal reactions of those prisoners assigned to clean latrines?

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

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

8. How does Frankl describe a "delusion of reprieve"?

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

10. 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?

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