Man's Search for Meaning Questions

The questions below will help you understand Victor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, the all-upper-school summer reading book. You have been sent a Word document with the questions; you should answer the questions as you read, and then copy and paste your answers below. WARNING: If you work directly in the survey as you read, it will time out, causing you to lose your work.


A red asterisk (*) indicates required questions.

  1. Frankl says he has two audiences, those who survived the camps and those who weren't there. What are his two different purposes in addressing these two different sets of readers?*

  1. What are the three phases of an inmate’s reaction to life in a camp?*

  1. How did experienced prisoners respond to the sight of their fellow prisoners being punished; and what was the psychological purpose of this response?*

  1. What were the two schools of thought about dealing with the once-daily bread ration?*

  1. What was the value of humor in the camp?*

  1. What happened to the prisoners who were evacuated by the SS?*

  1. What is the one freedom that cannot be taken away?*

  1. What was the basis of a psychotherapeutic method aimed at giving a camp inmate inner strength? *

  1. Were the prisoners pleased when they left the camp for the first time as free men? Why or why not? *

  1. Which prisoners were most apt to survive the Nazi camps?*

  1. What question does Frankl ask at the beginning of "The Case for a Tragic Optimism"? *

  1. Personal response (optional): Although our experiences may be very different from those described in Man’s Search for Meaning, we have all suffered, and we have all witnessed suffering. How might Victor Frankl’s ideas apply to your own life and/or the lives of people you know?