"Examples of Kindness, Cruelty, Selfishness, and Unselfishness in "
Examples of Kindness, Cruelty, Selfishness, and Unselfishness in Night by Elie Wiesel As you read, write down passages that demonstrate kindness, cruelty, a character acting for the good of himself, or a character acting for the good of another and include the page number of the passage. Use the chart below for this purpose. For each characteristic, you should list four examples for each one. This will make a total of 16 entries. Each passage entry is worth 3 points for a total grade of 48 points. Kindness Cruelty Selfishness Unselfishness 1. 1. 1. 1. 2. 2. 2. 2. 3. 3. 3. 3. Kindness Cruelty Selfishness Unselfishness 4. 4. 4. 4. Essay Questions for Night IN PARAGRAPH FORM you need to answer at least 3 of the following questions. You are not limited to one paragraph – which means you should answer these in the standard 5 paragraph essay format. You must provide specific examples from the book. If a question has to be answered in terms of how you feel about something I expect MUCH more than “I don’t like it” or “I didn’t get the story…” You must be more serious than this… 1. Dehumanization is the process by which the Nazis gradually reduced the Jews to little more than "things" which were a nuisance to them. Discuss at least three specific examples of events that occurred which dehumanized Eliezer, his father, or his fellow Jews. 2. After Eliezer’s father was beaten by Idek, a Kapo, Eliezer says, "I had watched the whole scene without moving. I kept quiet. In fact I was thinking of how to get farther away so that I would not be hit myself. What is more, any anger I felt at that moment was directed, not against the Kapo, but against my father. I was angry with him, for not knowing how to avoid Idek’s outbreak. That is what concentration camp life had made of me." Discuss what the last line signifies. Discuss how his attitude had changed. 3. Discuss why you think the townspeople remained complacent despite the advance of the German army. 4. Discuss why Eliezer lied to Stein, his relative, about Stein’s family. Discuss whether or not you think he was morally right. 5. Discuss the significance of "night" in the novel. Cite examples from the story to support your answer. 6. Explain the author’s meaning when he says after the handing of the youth from Warsaw that "the soup tasted excellent that evening," yet after the pipel was hanged, "the soup tasted of corpses."