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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 did Frankl himself realize he was free?
(a) When walking down the street, someone called his name, and he realized that he had his identity back.
(b) He returned to work, and was treated with respect by his clients for the first time in years.
(c) He saw a former fellow prisoner, and they realized how different they each looked.
(d) Walking alone in a field, he fell to his knees, recalling his former prayers for freedom.

2. In the most difficult moments of our existence, what does Frankl suggest is the salvation of man?
(a) To pray.
(b) To recall the past.
(c) To consider our favorite things.
(d) To look into the future.

3. Why does Frankl believe that man behaves morally?
(a) Man has a moral drive.
(b) Most men are moral.
(c) Man decides to act morally.
(d) Man is instinctively moral and religious.

4. Frankl cites a study of students at Johns Hopkins University. What did the students cite as important to them?
(a) Making money.
(b) Searching for love.
(c) Finding dignity.
(d) Finding meaning.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Frankl write was the most depressing feature of life in a concentration camp?

2. How does the existential vacuum manifest itself?

3. What caused former prisoners to feel bitterness?

4. What did Frankl try to teach a former prisoner who felt that he could trample crops in a field because he had been through so much himself?

5. What kind of statue does Frankl argue should compliment the Statue of Liberty?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Frankl claim happened to the inner life of prisoners in concentration camp?

2. What is the meaning of love in logotherapy?

3. What were some of the negative things that former prisoners had to deal with after their release?

4. What happened when a patient who had been through psychoanalysis went to logotherapy? What difference between these approaches does Frankl illustrate with this account?

5. What does Frankl observe about sexuality in the concentration camp?

6. How did Frankl leave Auschwitz? What happened at the camp after Frankl left Auschwitz?

7. What is the "existential vacuum" that Frankl describes?

8. What is "existential frustration" for Frankl?

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

10. What has Frankl termed "noogenic neuroses"?

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