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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What do the prisoners receive the night before Rosh Hashanah, the last day of the Jewish year?
(a) Nothing-their religion prohibits them from eating on this day.
(b) Nothing-they were being punished for observing a Jewish holiday.
(c) A crust of bread.
(d) Thick soup.
2. What is Elie's reaction to the event he witnesses later in life which reminds him of the workman throwing bread to the prisoners?
(a) He begs a participant not to do this any more.
(b) He offers to give money.
(c) He tries to keep the children from hurting each other.
(d) He stares, shocked and horrified, without saying a word.
3. What is the condition of the prisoners who took shelter in the deserted village as they travel to the concentration camp?
4. What does Elie find when he returns from work, still possessing his father's knife and spoon?
(a) He finds a note from his father.
(b) His father has been selected.
(c) He finds that his father's possessions are gone.
(d) His father has not been selected.
5. What happens when Elie wants to sleep in the snow?
(a) An SS officer threatens to shoot him.
(b) He takes a short nap.
(c) His father keeps him awake.
(d) His father builds an indentation in the snow to keep Elie warm.
6. Why do the prisoners feel this way about the chimney at this point in the story?
(a) They resent the way they are treated.
(b) They are grief-stricken to realize this is how their lives will end.
(c) They don't have the strength to care.
(d) They are afraid to die in that way.
7. What happens to men who fall to the ground while they are running during evacuation?
(a) They are shot.
(b) They get up and start running.
(c) They are dragged along by other prisoners.
(d) Medics attend to them.
8. Why are there 100 passengers crowded together as they travel in chapter 6?
(a) There are fewer guards for the prisoners.
(b) There are fewer conveyances to carry the prisoners.
(c) The prisoners are so thin.
(d) There are more prisoners to transport.
9. What thought troubles Elie for the rest of his life?
(a) Thinking about food instead of his father.
(b) Stealing blankets from freezing children.
(c) Stealing medicine from those who need it.
(d) Hoping he wouldn't find his father alive.
10. What are Elie's feelings about selection?
(a) He doesn't want to begin a new job.
(b) He refuses to take part.
(c) He knows he is strong and healthy so he is not concerned.
(d) He is worried.
11. As the prisoners take refuge in a deserted village after the evacuation, where does Elie find himself?
(a) Lying under a collapsed wall.
(b) Lying next to a dead SS officer.
(c) Buried in a snowpile.
(d) Crushed in a pile of dying prisoners.
12. What can Elie do when rumors start that the Russians are approaching the camp?
(a) He can join the Russian army.
(b) He can set out on his own and risk being shot.
(c) He can hide in an air raid shelter until the Russians have left the camp.
(d) He can stay behind in the hospital with his father or he can evacuate with the rest of the prisoners.
13. What does Elie think about when he wakes up after the discussion with his father about his father's request?
(a) His father.
(b) Getting more blankets.
(c) Stealing medicine.
14. What scene similar to that of the workman throwing the bread to the prisoners does Elie witness later in life?
(a) People diving and fighting for coins thrown by passengers of a boat.
(b) A group of homeless people drawing straws to see who gets a threadbare scarf.
(c) Children pushing and shoving to pick up candy thrown by a street performer.
(d) Guards stoning a prisoner at a penitentiary.
15. How does Elie's father fare in the first round of the selection process?
(a) He begins his new job in the kitchen.
(b) He is selected.
(c) He is to be released from the camp.
(d) He is not selected.
Short Answer Questions
1. What do Elie and his father decide to do after hearing that the Russians may be approaching the camp?
2. What does Elie find in the morning at the deserted village?
3. At the beginning of chapter 8, what is the frame of mind of Elie's father?
4. What does Elie's father ask Elie to do for him when they are in the concentration camp in chapter 8?
5. What is the responsibility of the men who clear out the wagons?
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