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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 did Frankl respond to an SS officer who called him a pig, and asked him what his profession was?

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

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. How did the SS respond to changing the list of prisoners who would board transport that would transfer prisoners to another camp or would send them to the gas chambers?

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. How did the Capo alter the normal reactions of those prisoners assigned to clean latrines?

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Logotherapy is sometimes called the "Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy." How does Frankl compare his to these other kinds of therapy? How does he describe his patients who have gone through other kinds of therapy?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Frankl describes the search for meaning as a human's primary psychological motivation. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

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