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English- "Night" (pages 47-65)
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How could Elie have bribed the assistant to arrange for him to go with his father to a "good unit"?
Elie could have given the assistant his shoes in order to make sure he and his father went to a "good unit."
Why doesn't he try the bribe?
He keeps his shoes because they are his only real possession from his previous life.
Where is music played in the camp?
Music in the camp is playing in the orchestra block.
Why can't the musicians play Beethoven?
The musicians in the camp can't play Beethoven because Jews aren't allowed to play German music.
Why is Elie sent to the dentist?
Elie is sent to the dentist because he is seen with a gold crown.
Why is he so desperate to keep his tooth, and why is he unable to keep it?
He is desperate to keep his crown because it could be useful to he and his father later on for trade with other Jews or the Germans for survival, but he has to give it up because Franek, his Kapo, blackmailed him by beating his father daily until he gets Elie's crown.
Who beats Elie in front of the French girl and why?
Idek beats Elie in front of the French girl because he is in one of his angry moods.
Why is she afraid to speak to him?
The French girl is afraid to speak to Elie because she doesn't want to expose herself as a Jew in passing.
What advice does she give to Elie, and what does this show about her?
She tells Elie to hold his anger in for not because his time will come. By doing this, she shows Elie who she really is (a Jew) and that she is hope that they will make it through.
Why does Idek beat Elie's father?
Idek beats Elie's father because he is older and slower and gets in his way. Idek often beats the prisoners for no reason, just to keep them afraid.
Why is Elie angry at his father for getting beaten?
Elie is angry at his father for the beating instead of Idek because he feels that his father could have tried harder to stay out of Idek's way.
Why does Elie give his father "marching lessons"?
Elie gives his father marching lessons because Franek uses his father's bad marching skills as a reason to justify his beatings. This is main reason for the blackmail of the gold crown.
Why does Elie laugh at Idek, and what is the result?
Elie laughs at Idek because he realizes that Idek forces all of his prisoners to work on Sunday in order to go to the factory to have his way with some poor Polish girl. As a result, Idek beats Elie with a whip 25 times in front of everyone as an example.
What do the air raid sirens signify?
They signify that Americans are bombings overhead, and that the prisoners must go indoors with the guards in lockdown.
Why is this a particularly dangerous time for prisoners?
The prisoners have the guards on them directly.
How is "fear greater than hunger?
because in the camp, the guards have prisoners more scared than anything.
How does the death of that one man affect Elie, and how does he react when the air raid is over?
No one dares go for the cauldrons of soup, except the one lone prisoner who is killed. Many including Elie think the lone prisoner is brave but foolish to think that the Germans would allow him to have the soup. Once the air raid was over, Elie and his father are reunited and are more hopeful about liberation.
Who are some of the people who die on the gallows?
A young Pole, the Dutch Oberkapo, and the sad angel-faced pipel.
What phrase do many repeat before their deaths?
"Long live liberty! Death to Germany,"
Why are people hanged rather than being shot or killed some other way?
as an example to the other prisoners to stay in line
Whose death affects Elie the most and why?
hanging of the sad angel-faced pipel because he was a sweet boy whose suffered bitterly. His death took 30 mins.
Why does Elie find the soup "excellent" after one execution, but tasting of "corpses" after another?
soup tasted "excellent" during some hangings because death was a constant part of the routine in the camps, so it didn't bother them to see some of the hangings. However, when the "pipel" was hanged, Elie said the soup tasted of "corpses." It bothered him how much the pipel suffered as he was dying.
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