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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. To whom does Levi send his only irate letter?
2. According to Levi, what made young Germans hate Jews?
3. According to H.L., what are young Germans tired of feeling?
4. According to Levi, how should problems be solved?
5. At the beginning of the war, what were the lagers?
Short Essay Questions
1. Summarize Levi's response to Dr. T.H. of Hamburg.
2. Why do the stories of survivors become less important to passing generations?
3. Why is Levi interested in corresponding with H.L., the student from Bavaria?
4. What is Levi's explanation for why Jews did not try to escape?
5. What does Levi think about Amery's definition of an intellectual?
6. In Chapter 7, Stereotypes, Levi discusses stereotypes in regard to three aspects of survivor behavior. What are they?
7. Describe the overall feeling of the majority of letters Levi receives.
8. Why does Levi agree with Amery that believers had an easier time in the lager?
9. What did the women at Birkenau use their bowls for?
10. Why were prisoners ordered to take their valuables with them on their journey to the lager?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Analyze Levi's situation when he finds the water spigot.
1) Do you agree with the decision he made? Why or why not?
2) What do you think you would have done in the same situation?
Essay Topic 2
Levi titles Chapter 5 Useless Violence. Do you think that violence can ever be useful? Use examples from the book and your own life to give a rationale for your answer.
Essay Topic 3
Levi states that victims and oppressors are both tormented by memories.
Part 1: Explain the kinds of memories that the victims might have and why these memories are difficult, even forty years after the fact.
Part 2: Explain why and how oppressors tend to hide from memories of their past actions.
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