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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. How does Levi characterize the shame and guilt that survivors feel?
(a) Serious and debilitating.
(b) Absurd but real.
(c) Imaginary but heavy.
(d) Funny and sympathetic.

2. What were Kapos?
(a) German guards with a low rank.
(b) Recent arrivals to the lagers.
(c) Translators for the Germans.
(d) Chiefs of squads or barracks.

3. Who was Chaim Rumkowski?
(a) President of the Warsaw Ghetto.
(b) A German officer.
(c) A sonderkommando.
(d) President of the Lodz Ghetto.

4. After liberation, why did survivors feel diminished as human beings?
(a) They saw their families die.
(b) They were guilty of the charges against them.
(c) They witnessed great horrors.
(d) They lived at an animal level.

5. What nationality is Primo Levi?
(a) German.
(b) Polish.
(c) French.
(d) Italian.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which characterized the German spoken in the Lager?

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

3. When was Primo Levi brought to Auschwitz?

4. What does Levi consider the vast shame?

5. Why should survivors' stories be read critically?

Short Essay Questions

1. Comment on how a prisoner's moral yardstick changed during his internment.

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

3. Briefly describe the life of Chaim Rumkowski.

4. What was the classic militiamen defense that Eichmann and Hoss used?

5. Why were political prisoners envied?

6. What is Primo Levi's theory about judging any people associated with the lagers?

7. Why do survivors simplify the past by using stark good vs. evil distinctions?

8. While clearing rubble, Levi finds a spigot with fresh water. Why was this such a big deal?

9. According to Levi, why do oppressors suppress memories?

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

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