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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. Who does Frankl quote (more than once) as writing: "He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."
(a) Christ.
(b) Confucius.
(c) Nietzche.
(d) Plato.

2. What does Frankl write about the moral drive?
(a) When it is not addressed serious, it can have serious consequences.
(b) No such drive can ever exist.
(c) It is an important drive.
(d) It was ignored by Freud, but Frankl discovered it.

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

4. After the liberation of the camp, why does the SS take most of the remaining prisoners?
(a) To kill them.
(b) To torture them so that they would not speak of their experiences.
(c) To send them to Switzerland.
(d) To take them to another camp.

5. What does Frankl believe makes a person "worthy of his sufferings or not"?
(a) Their ability to "focus on the positive aspects of their past."
(b) Their "focus on love," and their "lack of consideration for their own suffering."
(c) Whether "he makes use of" or forgoes "the opportunities of attaining the moral values that a difficult situation may afford him."
(d) Their ability to remove desire from their lives.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is "hyper-intention"?

2. What does Frankl write is the aim of traditional Freudian psychotherapy?

3. What happened, according to the author, to the instinct to violence in the prisoners?

4. What caused former prisoners to feel bitterness?

5. What two kinds of people does Frankl say exist?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Frankl describe the character of the prisoners and the guards?

2. What is "existential frustration" for Frankl?

3. In what way does Frankl argue that prisoners could retain "the last of the human freedoms?"

4. In logotherapy, what is the supra-meaning?

5. What does Frankl write happened to prisoners who lost hope in the future?

6. What is anticipatory anxiety?

7. How does Frankl describe the "will to meaning"?

8. What has Frankl termed "noogenic neuroses"?

9. What prompted Frankl to speak to the prisoners about hope? What did he say?

10. How does Frankl compare his logotherapy to Freud's psychoanalysis?

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