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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the author describe the Capos?

2. Why were camp inmates frightened of decisions?

3. During the time that the author spent in concentration camps, what does he describe as his main work?

4. What did Frankl learn happened at Auschwitz after he left?

5. What does the author claim hurts most about the physical blows from SS officers?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In the first section of the text, "Experiences in a Concentration Camp," what groups does Frankl identify within the concentration camp? Which group does he focus on? Why?

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. 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?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What would Frankl say is the difference between those who are able to overcome life's problems and those who are not? What examples from the concentration camps might he use to illustrate this difference? What role do circumstances play in their survival? What role does their mental outlook take?

Essay Topic 2

Dr. Gordon W. Allport writes that Frankl "sometimes asks his patients who suffer from a multitude of torments great and small, 'Why do you not commit suicide?'" How does Frankl understand suicide? What does he advise people who feel that they do not have meaning in life, or those who plan on committing suicide because they find they can no longer expect anything from life?

Essay Topic 3

Frankl writes, "Noogenic neuroses do not emerge from conflicts between drives and instincts but rather from conflicts between various values; in other words, from moral conflicts, or, to speak in a more general way, from spiritual problems." What role do Noogenic neuroses play in his theory of logotherapy?

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