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 did Frankl himself realize he was free?

2. What choice does the author claim that people can control in difficult circumstances?

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

4. For Frankl, what makes life meaningful and purposeful?

5. What did Frankl try to reconstruct, that he lost when he arrived to Auschwitz?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Frankl, what allowed the prisoners to be able to predict their deaths?

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

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

4. What opportunity does Frankl see in camp life?

5. What is anticipatory anxiety?

6. What does Frankl argue should supplement the Statue of Liberty and why?

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

8. What is "existential frustration" for Frankl?

9. What is the importance of suffering for Frankl?

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's description of life in camp deals mostly with his own experience and the experiences of the men he was surrounded by. Women and children are nearly absent. Describe how you imagine life for a woman or child living under these circumstances might be different. Do you believe they would live through the same mental stages?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Frankl writes, "The term 'existential' may be used in three ways: to refer to (1) existence itself, i.e., the specifically human mode of being; (2) the meaning of existence and (3) the striving to find a concrete meaning in personal existence, that is to say, the will to meaning." What does Frankl write about existential frustration and the existential vacuum?

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