Elie Wiesel’s Night – Study Questions One 1. What did you learn in the preface and foreword that you feel is necessary for every one of us to learn? Did it make you more or less interested to read the book? Explain. 2. What did you learn in reading Chapter One? How does this new information assimilate with what you already know of World War II, and the Holocaust? 3. Compare Elie Wiesel’s accounts of his life so far with that of Anne Frank’s. How are they similar? How do they differ? What might you have done, had you been in Wiesel’s shoes? (Consider the preface and foreword, as well as Chapter One.) Elie Wiesel’s Night – Study Questions Two and Three 1. Elie says, “For the first time, I felt anger rising within me. Why should I sanctify His name? The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent. What was there to thank Him for?” Why is it a big deal that he said this? What does this reveal about his experiences so far? Do you think he will ever feel differently? Explain. 2. When Elie and his father arrive at Auschwitz, a man says, “Didn’t you know what was in store for you here in Auschwitz? You didn’t know? In 1944?” Someone replies, “True. We didn’t know. Nobody had told us.” Is this true? 3. Elie tells his father that, “I could not believe that human beings were being burned in our times; the world would never tolerate such crimes.” How do you think it is that the world DID tolerate “such crimes”? Is the world still tolerating “crimes” against humanity today? Explain. (You will need to do some research for the last part of this question.) 4. Where do we find, in chapter three, the importance of the title of the novel? 5. What is important about the incident with Mrs. Schachter? What does it reveal about her? About the others? 6. What do we learn in the “Never shall I forget…” section? What do you think Wiesel intended to affect in his audience with these words? Elie Wiesel’s Night – Study Questions Four 1. Why was the German officer at Buna so nice? 2. What did Elie find out from Juliek that Jews were not allowed to do? What does this information make you feel? 3. Why was the dentist’s office shut down? Why was Elie glad? 4. Why does Elie get angry with his father? Whom do you think he is really angry with? 5. How did Franek treat Mr. Wiesel, Elie’s father? Why? 6. What brought Elie joy? Explain. 7. Why did the soup taste “better than ever” one night? 8. Describe one of the most disturbing moments in this chapter. What affect did it have on you? Why? 9. Where did Elie say God was? Why do you think he says this? What do you think he means? Elie Wiesel’s Night – Study Questions Five 1. Why did Elie feel strong at the beginning of chapter five? 2. What was the “selection”? Describe it. 3. What did the Hungarian Jew warn Elie about? 4. A. What difficult decision must Elie and his father make? B. What is their decision? C. Do you feel that it was wise? Explain D. What decision would YOU have made? Explain. 5. How does the Blockelteste contradict what Hitler and his army have been saying about Jewish people? Elie Wiesel’s Night – Study Questions Six and Seven 1. By this point, why did “one die”? What do you think Elie meant by this? 2. What happened to Rabbi Eliahu’s son? What do you think of this? What does it reveal? 3. Why did Elie have a problem with the Parisian lady throwing coins to the impoverished children? 4. What horrifying spectacle does Elie witness between a father and son? 5. “The last day had been the most lethal. We had been a hundred or so in this wagon. Twelve of us left it.” – p. 103. Why do you think so many people made it that far, only to die inches before freedom? Elie Wiesel’s Night – Study Questions Eight and Nine 1. Why do you think that Elie’s father survived so long, only die in the end? 2. How do you think that Elie’s father survived for as long as he did? 3. What does Elie feel towards his father that makes him ashamed? How do you think it got to this point? Do you blame him? Explain. 4. What does Elie mean when he says, “On April fifth, the wheel of history turned”? 5. What near miss did Elie and his block experience on April tenth? 6. Considering all of Elie’s near deaths, do you believe that he survived for a reason, or is it all coincidental? Explain.
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