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Night by Elie Weisel Study Guide Questions
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Chapter 1: Describe Mosh the Beadle
Mosh the Beadle was Elie's spiritual advisor.
Chapter 1: Why did Eliezer pray and why did he cry when he prayed?
Eliezer didn't know why he prayed but he felt like something needed to be cried about when he prayed.
Chapter 1: Upon his return, what story did Mosh tell?
Mosh told the story of how he watched the German soldiers kill Jews and use babies as shooting targets.
Chapter 1: Why didn't the people believe Mosh's story?
They didn't believe Mosh's story because Mosh the Beadle was already odd in their eyes and they felt that he was just trying to recieve pity.
Chapter 1: Cite examples of how the Jewish citizens of Sighet began to lose their rights.
The Jews of Sighet lost their homes, rights of wardrobe, and their independence.
Chapter 1: What is a ghetto?
A small town with horrible living conditions
Chapter 1: Why did the citizens resist the truth, even when it was in front of them?
The Jews wanted to stay hopeful that something good might come.
Chapter 1: Describe the conditions in the train (at the end of the chapter).
The train was cramped and unsecure.
Chapter 2: Where was the train when Elie replied "Our eyes were open, but too late"?
Chapter 2: What was forshadowed by Madame Schacter's nightmare?
The train being set on fire.
Chapter 2: What did some of the passangers do to quiet Madame Schacter?
The passangers hit her, gagged her, and tied her up.
Chapter 2: Where did the train finally stop?
Chapter 3: When questioned by the S.S. Officer, why did Elie lie about his age and occupation?
He lied because the boys who were too young and the men who were too old would have been cremated.
Chapter 3: What was the horrifying sight that Elie at first disbelieved?
The children in the furnace.
Chapter 3: Explain what Elie meant when he said "Never will I forget these flames which consumed my faith forever?"
Elie meant that he had nothing left to pray for or thank God for.
Chapter 3: How had Elie changed in a short time?
He had forgotten about his faith
Chapter 3: What was Elie's first impression of Auschwitz after leaving Birkenau?
He hated it.
Chapter 3: What was the compulsory formality at the entrance to all camps?
Running, a hot shower, new clothes.
Chapter 3: What sort of indenification was used on the prisoners?
Chapter 3: Why was the prisoner in charge of Elie's block removed from this position?
He was too kind of to the prisoners.
Chapter 3: What were the prisoners' rations at each meal?
Bread and soup
Chapter 3: What was Bela Katz forced to do once he was chosen for his strength?
He was forced to cremate his own father.
Chapter 4: What were the objectives of the medical examinations?
To gain money and the strong kids and adults
Chapter 4: How did Elie initially avoid losing his gold crown?
He pretended to be sick.
Chapter 5: Why didn't Elie fast on Yom Kippur?
His father didn't want him to and he had lost his faith anyway.
Chapter 6: What happened to anyone who could not keep up with the march?
They were shot or trampled to death.
Chapter 6: How did Zalman die?
He was trampled.
Chapter 6: What horrible relization did Elie come to concerning Rabbi Elahou and his son?
His son wanted his father to die.
Chapter 6: What was Juliek's last act?
Chapter 6: How did Elie help his father when the selection was made?
He brought his father into a shed and helped him fall asleep.
Chapter 7: How did Elie again help his father when they were on the train?
The Germans were throwing the dead out the train and one German thoughts Elie's father was dead but Elie reasured him he wasn't.
Chapter 7: Describe the scene Elie witnessed between the father and son.
A father had a loaf of bread in his shirt and was going to share it with his son but the son killed his father and ate the bread himself.
Chapter 7: How many got out of the wagon? Where had they arrived?
100 people got out of the wagon. They went to Buchenwald.
Chapter 8: Explain how the father/ son roles had been reversed in the case of Elie and his father.
Elie played the role as the father while trying to keep him from letting himself die in the cold.
Chapter 8: Why was Elie's father being beaten?
He was being too loud while calling Elie to get him water.
Chapter 8: What did Elie think of the advice given to him by the head of the block?
It was selfish but true. There was nothing left to do for his father.
Chapter 9: What happened on April 5th?
Some prisoners was released and never came back.
Chapter 9: What was the resistance movement? What did they do?
America fought with Germany and won the battle.
Chapter 9: What did the prisoners do when they were freed?
They just wanted food. No revenge. No lost ones.
Elie's oldest sister who his mother wanted to marry off
Elie's older sister
Elie's younger sister
Moishe the Beadle
homeless; taken away for being a Foreign Jew; survives almost being killed; tries to warn the people of Sighet, but they ignore him
plays the violin; lives with Elie in the musician's block; the last thing he played was Beethoven as a song of defiance
strong Jew who was forced to work at the crematorium; had to put his own father on the fire
Yossi & Tibbi
Elie's friends in the electrical factory; brothers from Czechoslovakia
Comforted Elie after he was whipped; he later found out she was a Jew passing as a non-Jew
Guard in the electrical factory; who was caught by Elie having relations with a Polish girl, so he whipped Elie 25 times
Polish guard who decides Elie's father doesn't march correctly, and picks on him. Elie agrees to give him his gold crown to stop picking on his father.
Religious man who gives up his faith and then dies
had a stomach cramp while running in the evacuation and is trampled to death
Stein of Antwerp
Elie's relative; married to Reizel; says he can survive as long as he knows she is alive; he dies after he finds out that she and their children are dead
the Weisel family's former maid who offers to hide them in her village
he was too tired to run during the evacuation to Gleiwitz, so his son ran ahead of him and left him behind
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