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Where did the narrator, Elie Wiesel, grow up?
Elie's father was:
More concerned with others than his own family.
Described as a cultured shopkeeper.
Held in high esteem by the Jewish community.
Who did Elie find to help train him in the Kabbalah?
Moishe the Beadle
Who found the teacher for Elie?
How many siblings does Elie have?
Details from the description of Moishe's stories from when he was deported?
Babies were used as target practice. People dug their own graves. He faked his own death in order to escape.
How did the rest of the community react when Moishe told them what he experienced?
They did not believe what he was saying.
What news did Berkovitz bring from Budapest?
Anti-Semitic acts were taking place every day.
What is meant by the line, "On the seventh day of the Passover, the curtain rose?"
The Jews could no longer pretend that nothing was happening.
According to Elie, how did Moishe's experience cause a great change in him?
The joy in his eyes was gone. He no longer sang. He no longer mentioned God or Kabbalah.
How many separate ghettos were created in Elie's hometown?
With what news does Elie's father return after his late-night meeting of the council?
They are going to be transported to a destination unknown.
Which of the following are deatils during which the ghetto is evacuated?
Many items were left abandoned on the street. The Hungarian police were beating old people, women, and children. The day was hot, and the people could have nothing to eat or drink.
The following text is an example of what literary device: "Everywhere rooms lay open . . . an open tomb?"
How many people ride on each train car the first time?
The text is an example of what literary device: "The synagogue was like a huge station: luggage and tears"?
On what day of the week was Elie's family expelled from their home? Why is that ironic?
Saturday; This was the Sabbath, their day of rest.
How long had the inmates been travelling before they stopped in Kaschau?
What did the German officer demand of the prisoners?
They had to hand over their gold, silver, or watches.
What was the name of the woman who had lost her mind?
About what was Mrs. Schachter screaming?
She claimed she saw a fire.
When they couldn't stand her screaming anymore, what did a few men do to Mrs. Schachter?
They bound and gagged her.
What was the name of the very large camp where they had arrived?
What did the two men (who were given permission to fetch water) learn about Auschwitz?
This was the final destination, and the conditions were good. There was a labor camp on the site. Families would not be separated. Only the young would work in the factories. The old and sick would find work in the fields.
As the train finally stopped, what did they see out of the windows?
Flames rising from a tall chimney
What did they smell in the air?
What happened to Elie's family shortly after arriving at Birkenau?
They were separated from each other.
What did the older men beg the younger ones to do?
Not to give up hope
Write about Dr. Mengle
"Angel of Death," only one of 30 doctors in Auschwitz, was not in the highest rank, performed experiments on prisoners.
What did Elie tell Dr. Mengele was his profession?
What is the Kaddish?
Prayer for the dead
Why doesn't Elie join his father in the Kaddish?
He was angry at God.
As Elie loses hope, he contemplates suicide. How did he plan to kill himself?
Running into electrified barbed wire.
What stops Elie from taking his own life?
He is ordered to turn left and into the barracks.
How did the inmates already in the barracks treat the newcomers?
They beat the newcomers.
Once in the barracks, what were Elie and his father forced to do?
Strip, run, and shower
What was Bela Katz forced to do?
Place his own father's body into the furnace
How did Elie keep his shoes from the Kapos at first?
His shoes were mud-covered and therefore went unnoticed.
According to the SS officer, what was the only way to avoid the crematorium?
Why did the gypsy strike Elie's father?
He asked to use the bathroom.
How did Elie respond to seeing his father struck?
Elie didn't move and felt guilty for it.
What was the name of the new camp to which Elie and his father were sent?
What did the inmates learn about the new camp?
It was a very good camp. One can hold one's own. The most important thing was not to be assigned to the construction Kommando.
How could Elie have bribed the assistant to arrange for him to go with his father to a "good unit?"
By giving up his pair of shoes.
Why was the dentist so careful and "conscientious" while checking over inmates' teeth?
He was looking for the inmates who had gold crowns.
Why were the Jewish inmates not allowed to play Beethoven?
Jews were not allowed to play German music.
What new job were Elie and his father forced to do?
Count bolts, bulbs, and various small electrical parts
Who were Yossi and Tibi?
They were both Czech brother that worked in the factory with Elie and his father. Their parents were killed in Birkenau and they liked to hum Jewish songs while they worked.
How does Elie manage to avoid the dentist?
He makes the excuse that he is not feeling well.
Why does the dentist's office eventually shut down?
The dentist was dealing the inmates' gold teeth for his own benefit.
Who took care of Elie after his encounter with Idek?
A French Aryan girl
In order to save his father from any more beating from Franek and his men, what does Elie attempt to do?
Teach his father how to march in step.
Upon walking in on Idek and a young Polish girl, how does Elie respond?
He bursts out laughing.
Why were the SS guards on high watch during an alert?
All the guards left the watchtower, the electric current in the barbed wire was cut, and it was easier for the inmates to escape.
During the alert, what do the inmates see has been abandoned?
Two cauldrons of steaming soup.
Why did it take so long for the child inmate to be hanged?
He was too light, causing him to remain alive for more than half an hour.
Why did Elie find the soup "excellent" after one execution, but tasting "like corpses" after the other?
He was disturbed by the death of the child inmate more than the adults.
What decision did the Jews struggle with when celebrating Yom Kippur?
The inmates debated whether or not they should fast.
What was the "beautiful present" offered to the inmates for the New Year?
What new job was Elie forced to complete?
He was assigned to move heavy slabs of stone.
What advice were the inmates given prior to appearing before the SS doctors?
Move your limbs around and give yourself some color. Run. Don't look at the officials.
After Elie and his father passed selection, what did Elie receive from his father?
Half ration of bread.
A few days later, Elie receives what heart-breaking news?
His father was assigned to stay in the camp after selection.
What was Elie's "inheritance"?
A knife and spoon
What happens to Akiba Drumer?
He becomes a victim of selection
How does Elie end up in the hostpital?
He notices that his foot has begun to swell.
What advice does Elie receive from his "neighbor" in the hospital?
Leave the infirmary before the next selection.
Following Elie's operation, what rumors were sweeping through the camp?
The front is drawing near.
After the war, what does Elie learn about those who remained in the infirmary?
They were liberated by the Russians.
Why did the head of the block order the inmates to clean the floor?
To show the liberated army that they were still human beings who had pride.
What is Elie feeling as they were evacuated and the gates to the camp opened?
There was an even darker night on the other side.
What happened to Zalman?
He fell and was trampled to death.
What does Elie say was the only thing that kept him from giving up?
His father's presence.
When the prisoners were allowed to stop after marching over twenty kilometers, how did Elie and his father help each other to stay alive?
They both watched over each other so they would not fall asleep and die in the snow.
What does Rabbi Eliahu come into the shed looking for?
What happened as the men entered the barracks?
The inmates began to trample over each other.
While in the shed, taking a brief brake from the run, what does Elie pray for?
The strength to never abandon his father.
In the barracks at Gleiwitz, what does Elie hear?
Julik playing Beethoven on his violin.
How long did the men remain at Gleiwitz without food or water?
What happens when ELie's father is sent to stand with the weak at the selection?
Elie runs after his father causing confusion among the men and SS officers.
While marching, how are the men able to quench their thirst?
The men ate the snow off their neighbor's backs.
As the men are transported in cattle cars, how many are assigned to each car?
Why did two men try to throw Elie's father off the train?
He appeared to be dead.
How did Meir Katz save Elie's life?
He stopped someone from strangling Elie.
To what new camp/location are the men delivered?
Upon their arrival, how many men are still alive?
As they entered Buchenwald, what was the "old, familiar fear" for Elie?
Not to lose his father
As the prisoners were herded toward the showers, what did Elie's father declare?
That it's over and he wants to die.
How did Elie react to his father's declaration?
He screamed at his father to get up.
As he was arguing with his father, with whom did Elie feel he was actually arguing?
The next morning, when Elie went to look for his father, what thought crept into his mind, for which he was ashamed?
He would be relieved if he didn't find his father.
When he found his father, for what did he ask Elie?
From what was Elie's father suffering?
With what did Elie bribe the other prisoners into letting his exchange cots to be next to his father?
A ration of bread
Why could other prisoners no longer stand Elie's father?
He no longer was able to drag himself outside to relieve himself.
What was the Blockalteste's advice to Elie?
To stop giving rations to his father. Remember it's every man for himself. Eat his father's rations, too.
How did Elie know his father had died?
Another sick person was on his father's cot.
What pained him about his father's death?
His father had called out to him, and Elie had not answered. He could not weep. He felt a freedom because his father was gone.
After his father's death, about how long was Elie at Buchenwald?
On April 5, what did they find out about the Buchenwald camp?
It would be liquidated. There was an underground resistance in their camp. It would eventually be destroyed in order to cover up the evidence.
What was their first act as free men?
Three days after the liberation of Buchenwald, Elie was transferred to a hospital. How long was he there?
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