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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. What symptom characterizes the first mental phase of prisoners in concentration camps?

2. What does Frankl argue happened in camp to "sensitive people used to a rich intellectual life"?

3. What kind of sickness affected most of the prisoners in 1945?

4. What does the author think about during difficult moments?

5. What did Frankl think when he saw a group of convicts pass by?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

7. What does Frankl claim is the difficulty of his attempt at a methodical presentation of the psychology of the prisoner?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Frankl writes of how two men who were contemplating suicide seemed to have lost meaning in their lives. He writes, "In both cases it was a question of getting them to realize that life was still expecting something from them; something in the future was expected of them." How does Frankl understand and describe those who commit suicide? What role does finding the meaning in their lives play for him? Does he sympathize with their despair over their feeling of meaningless and suffering? Does he understand suicide to be a choice, or a simple reaction to unfavorable circumstances? Is this understood as characteristic of neurosis?

Essay Topic 2

Frankl quotes Nietzsche multiple times in this book, writing, "He who has a why to live for can bear any how." How does this quote reflect Frankl's ideas and tone in Man's Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy?

Essay Topic 3

What role does Frankl give to the subconscious? What role does he give the conscience? Does he address simple, innate human drives?

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