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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the theory of incommunicability from the 1970s state?
(a) Talk is a veil over existential silence.
(b) People's messages are understood.
(c) People can and should talk.
(d) Talk is an antidote to negative silence.

2. What does Levi think most survivors feel at Liberation?
(a) Unconditional happiness.
(b) Exhaustion.
(c) Anxiety.
(d) Unexplicable anger.

3. The Third Reich did all of the following to stay in power except:
(a) Used propoganda.
(b) Controlled information.
(c) Created a climate of fear.
(d) Provided transparency.

4. With which statement about Eichmann and Hoss would Levi agree?
(a) They joined the Nazi party opportunistically.
(b) They suffered from memories of what they did during the war.
(c) They had no choice in becoming Nazi officials.
(d) They should not have been punished for their actions.

5. What function did ghettos serve?
(a) They assisted people in learning new languages.
(b) They gave Jews a safe place to live.
(c) They kept offensive books away from people.
(d) They cut off communication between people.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Levi think is in the gray zone for ordering an underling to kill someone?

2. After the war, what was a major source of reconstructing what happened?

3. When people first heard of Nazi death camps, what was the reaction?

4. What did Levi choose to do with the object he finds?

5. Who was Hans Biebow in relation to Chaim Rumkowski?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do people react to having limited communication?

2. Explain the theory of "incommunicability."

3. Why did survivors not feel the happiness at liberation that is portrayed in literature and movies?

4. What does Levi think of the theory of "incommunicability"?

5. Why do historians need to study the stories of survivors?

6. How does Levi shock Germans after the war?

7. What happeneds to people who become sonderkommandos?

8. What did the Nazis hope as the tide of war turned in 1942?

9. Why does Primo Levi write about his experiences?

10. According to Levi, which memories seem to be universal?

(see the answer keys)

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