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. How does the existential vacuum manifest itself?

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

3. What happened to the senior block warden who had a dream that he would be free on March thirtieth?

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

5. How did Frankl himself realize he was free?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is "existential frustration" for Frankl?

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

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

4. What is anticipatory anxiety?

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

6. How does Frankl describe the "will to meaning"?

7. In logotherapy, what is the supra-meaning?

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

9. How does Frankl describe the character of the prisoners and the guards?

10. What does Frankl write happened to prisoners who lost hope in the future?

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

Describe the difference between Capos and normal prisoners. How were each selected? Does Frankl present a balanced view of the behavior of each group? How does he justify his sympathies with normal prisoners?

Essay Topic 3

What informs the principles of logotherapy? Did anything beyond the personal experiences of the author influence this theory? How does Frankl's life experience and example embody or exemplify the principles of logotherapy? What do you see as the strengths and weaknesses of this theory? What do therapists practicing logotherapy do for their patients? What is the aim in logotherapy?

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