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NIGHT BY ELIE WIESEL: READING ASSIGNMENT QUESTIONS. Questions 1-5 are referenced on pages 3-28 NEWER/1-26 OLDER. 1. Describe the character “Moshe the Beadle”. Describe the warning he gave, and explain why you think no believed him. 2. Describe the concept of a “Jewish Ghetto” and the how the ghetto where Wiesel lived was formed. 3. Describe the next step in the persecution of Wiesel and the other Jewish people in the ghetto after it was formed. 4. Describe the cattle cars that were used in the process of “transportation”; how many people were transported in each car, and what the people were allowed to bring with them in the car. 5. Describe the experience Wiesel had being transported in the cattle car, and why Madame Schachter’s nightmare was significant. Questions 6-8 are referenced on pages 29-46 NEWER/27-43 OLDER 6. Explain why the other prisoners told Wiesel and his father to lie about their ages. 7. Describe the Kapos. 8. Explain the deeper (Ironic) meaning of the sign “Arbeit Macht Frei-Work makes you free-Auschwitz”. Questions 9-10 are referenced on pages 46-65 NEWER/45-63 OLDER 9. Describe the attitude of the prisoners towards the allied bombing of their concentration camp. 10. (By the end of this section) Describe what starts happening to many of the prisoners’ belief in God. Questions 11-13 are referenced on pages 66-83 NEWER/ 63-81 OLDER 11. Describe Wiesel’s gradually failing belief in God. 12. Describe how the guard compares the Buna camp in 1944 versus what it had been like earlier in the war. 13. Define “selection” and describe the process of selection and Dr. Mengela’s role in the selection process. Questions 14-16 are referenced on page 83-end NEWER/81-END OLDER. 14. Describe the “death march” to Gliewitz, and how the prisoners were treated by the SS during that march. As the march progressed describe what was foremost on the minds of Wiesel and the other prisoners. 15. As the German defeat in World War II became more obvious, did this realization change the way the SS treated their prisoners. Explain why might this be surprising? Explain what this might tell us about the psyche of the SS guards. 16. Describe the prisoners’ first reaction to being liberated, and explain what their reaction might tell us about their experiences in the concentration camps.
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