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Night Chapter 1- review questions
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Who is Moishe the Beadle?
The caretaker of the Jewish synagogue.
What does Wiesel tell the reader about Moishe?
He is poor and lived in penury; he was the only poor person people liked because he stayed out of the way; he was awkward and strange.
How does Wiesel describe himself as a boy of 12?
Observant, studied theTalmud.
How does Wiesel describe his father?
A cultured man, unsentimental; more involved with others more than his family.
Why did Elie's father prohibit him from studying the Cabbala?
Too young and dangerous.
How did Wiesel realize his wish to study the Cabbala?
Moishe the Beadle asks why Elie prays, He asks why Elie does any of the things he does.
What happened to Moishe?
All foreign Jews were expelled from Sighet, deported on a train.
Several months later,Elie saw Moishe the Beadle again.What story did Moshe tell?
People were being killed by the Gestapo.
How was Moshe able to escape?
He was wounded (shot in the leg) and left for dead.
How was Moshe changed as a result of his experience?
No more joy or religious expression; didn't sing any more.
How did other people in the village react to Moshe's story?
Other people in the village refused to believe or listen to Moishe.
Why did the villagers react the way they did to Moishe's story?
They were to outraged and in denial. They couldn't believe such horrible things could happen.
What was the attitude of the Jews of Sighet?
Optimistic- Hopeful and confident about the future
What literary device does Wiesel employ to emphasize the foolish optimism and denial of facts of the Jews living in Sighet?
After the Germans arrived in Sighet, what was the prevailing attitude among the residents?
It was reassuring and calm. The Germans seemed nice.
After Passover, Wiesel says " the curtain rose."What does this refer to?
The facade that the Germans had disappeared.
What happened after the Passover?
They started to take over and arrested Jewish leaders.
What was bitterly ironic about the comments that Wiesel's father made regarding the wearing of the yellow star?
He said that it wasn't lethal. However it singled out the Jews to be killed.
What was the Germans' next step?
They started putting Jews in ghettos, Jews were concentrated then confined in the ghettos.
How did the Jews react to this?
They tried to go back to normal. They loved being only among their own.
The Germans had the other plans for the Jews of Sighet, however. What were those plans?
To transport from the ghettos to the small ghetto then the cattle cars.
Where did they go?
Train station, cattle cars.
Despite all that happened, even after the Germans entered the capital of the Budapest, Wiesel tells us that people still remained optimistic about their future. How can you explain this optimism?
They need something to keep them going, and didn't want to believe their lives were in danger.
In this chapter Wiesel uses images from nature. How does he use the sun?
"under a blazing sun" "a summer sun" "the heat was oppressive"
What does the imagery of night suggest?
No more optimism; hope burned out; dying.
Given the face that the title of this book is Night, what do you suppose a major theme in this work will be?
Like a nightmare, in shock, darkest part of history, one never-ending night.
A memoir is a story of one's life told by the person similar to an autobiography. Describe the tone of this memoir, and speculate on why Wiesel chooses to use this tone.
This was the darkest part of his life.
What was the Talmund?
A book of Jewish laws, teachings, and history
What was the Cabbala (aka Kabbalah)?
A collection of Jewish mystical thoughts: what Elie studied at the beginning
a town in Transylvania, this is where Elie lived and grew up in before he was transported into the camps.
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