Night by Elie Weisel Study Guide Questions
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Describe Mosh the Beadle
Mosh the Beadle was Elie's spiritual advisor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is a ghetto?
A small town with horrible living conditions.
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.
Describe the conditions in the train (at the end of the chapter).
The train was cramped and unsecure.
Where was the train when Elie replied "Our eyes were open, but too late"?
What was foreshadowed by Madame Schacter's nightmare?
The train being set on fire.
What did some of the passengers do to quiet Madame Schacter?
The passangers hit her, gagged her, and tied her up.
Where did the train finally stop?
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.
What was the horrifying sight that Elie at first disbelieved?
The children in the furnace.
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.
How had Elie changed in a short time?
He had forgotten about his faith.
What was Elie's first impression of Auschwitz after leaving Birkenau?
He hated it.
What was the compulsory formality at the entrance to all camps?
Running, a hot shower, new clothes.
What sort of identification was used on the prisoners?
Why was the prisoner in charge of Elie's block removed from this position?
He was too kind of to the prisoners.
What were the prisoners' rations at each meal?
Bread and soup.
What was Bela Katz forced to do once he was chosen for his strength?
He was forced to cremate his own father.
What were the objectives of the medical examinations?
To gain money and the strong kids and adults.
How did Elie initially avoid losing his gold crown?
He pretended to be sick.
Why didn't Elie fast on Yom Kippur?
His father didn't want him to and he had lost his faith anyway.
What happened to anyone who could not keep up with the march?
They were shot or trampled to death.
How did Zalman die?
He was trampled.
What horrible realization did Elie come to concerning Rabbi Elahou and his son?
His son wanted his father to die.
What was Juliek's last act?
How did Elie help his father when the selection was made?
He brought his father into a shed and helped him fall asleep.
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.
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.
How many got out of the wagon? Where had they arrived?
100 people got out of the wagon. They went to Buchenwald.
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.
Why was Elie's father being beaten?
He was being too loud while calling Elie to get him water.
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.
What happened on April 5th?
Some prisoners was released and never came back.
What was the resistance movement? What did they do?
America fought with Germany and won the battle.
What did the prisoners do when they were freed?
They just wanted food. No revenge. No lost ones.
What does the narrator want to study?
What warning does Moeshe the Beadle bring to the Jews of Sighet?
That Nazis are coming to exterminate them.
How do the people respond to Moeshe?
They don't believe him, think he is insane.
What does Mrs. Shacter repeatedly hallucinate.
How do people get Mrs. Shacter to stop yelling?
They beat her up and put a gag on her mouth.
Where are the Jews of Sighet taken?
Why do Elie and his father lie about their ages at the camp?
Because prisoners told them that older people are killed and younger people are killed.
What is Elie's new name?
What is extracted from Elie?
His gold crown.
Why is a prisoner shot when the factories are being bombed?
He stole soup.
What event compels a prisoner to ask, "Where is God now?"
When a small boy was hanged.
What is selection?
When Nazis select who's strong enough and who's not.
Why does Elie go to the infirmary?
Something is wrong with his foot.
What is Juliek's last act before dying?
He plays his violin.
What happens when civilians throw bread crumbs in the train car?
People fight to the death for it.
What does Elie feel when his father dies?
What is the only thing Elie cares about once his father dies?
What does Elie see when he looks in the mirror?
What were the last words Elie's father uttered?
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