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

2. What were the exceptions to the "cultural hibernation" in camp?
(a) Religion and writing.
(b) Politics and religion.
(c) Art and music.
(d) Writing and music.

3. What does Frankl argue hurts most about being hit?
(a) The humiliation.
(b) The injury upon injury.
(c) The reprimand that this represents.
(d) Displeasing authority.

4. What happens in the story of Death in Teheran?
(a) A man dies in Teheran, but faces his death bravely, and this inspires the theory of logotherapy.
(b) Death threatens a servant who flees to Teheran, but Teheran is where Death plans to meet him.
(c) It is a story of a man who dies in Teheran, because of his own cruelty to his neighbors.
(d) It is the story of a tragic death by fire in Teheran, which shows that all of us must die in the end.

5. What did the prisoners think of indoor work?
(a) It was the hardest work because it separated the prisoners.
(b) It was difficult because of the close watch the SS kept on prisoners inside.
(c) It was the worst work in the camp because of the constant contact with the SS.
(d) It was the best work in the camp, since it was in a sheltered room.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Frankl earn the favor of "The Murderous Capo"?

2. How does the friend of the author, who "smuggled himself" into the author's hut, suggest that the prisoners try to stay alive?

3. What are "premium coupons"?

4. What rule did the author establish for himself in Auschwitz?

5. What was the "most ghastly moment of the twenty-four hours of camp life"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Due to the difficult conditions and the need to fight for survival, which prisoners does Frankl claim were most likely to survive life in the concentration camp?

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

3. 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?

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

5. What kind of curiosity does Frankl write that the prisoners had?

6. 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?

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

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

9. 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?

10. How did Frankl win the favor of the Capo in his working party? Why was this important for him?

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