Man's Search for Meaning Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Why does Dr. Frankl describe that he sits next to corpses "crawling with lice" but they did not bother him?

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

3. What "deep concern" does Frankl write helped him to survive Auschwitz?

4. What does Frankl argue is the meaning of life?

5. What happened when prisoners, who were pressured for years, suddenly released that pressure?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What opportunity does Frankl see in camp life?

4. What is anticipatory anxiety?

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

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

7. What is the importance of suffering for Frankl?

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

9. What was the third stage of a the prisoner's mental reaction? How does Frankl characterize this?

10. What does Frankl write is the "crowning" experience for former prisoners?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Frankl describes the importance for the individual of finding meaning of life. He writes, "Man's search for meaning is a primary force in his life and not a 'secondary rationalization' of instinctual drives." How does he define the meaning of life? How does he suggest that people search for the meaning in their lives? What role does he give to the conditions in life that seem to fully determine behavior?

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