The Cage by MikeJenny


									Every time
  the word
Night in the
novel circle
Chapter 1 – pg 3.
1. At the beginning of the novel, how long has the war
   been going on?
2. Wiesel said: “my father was… [an]…unsentimental”
   man. [He] “was more involved with the welfare of
   others than that of his own kin.” (4)
3. Determine Elie‟s relationship with religion and/or God,
   at this juncture in the novel.
4. From the limited reading so far, how would you
   describe Elie?
5. “What can we expect?” he said “it‟s war” Dicuss(p.6)
6. Give reasons for Elie and the others reluctance to
   believe Moshe‟s account of the camps.
7. Compare & Contrast Moshe before his deportation and
   who he has become after his return.
8. Even when things/life really deteriorated, the Jews were
   not worried. Discuss.
Chapter 1 cont‟d
9. Describe the German strategy for taking over the Jewish
      a. How did they use it to their advantage.
10. On page 10 it states, “On the seventh day of Passover, the
    curtain finally rose: the Germans arrested the leaders of
    the Jewish community”. What is the non-figurative
    meaning of the portion in blue italics?
11. “The ghetto was ruled by neither German nor Jew; it was
    ruled by delusion.” (12). Discuss.
Chapter 2
1. Through out the book, Wiesel attempts to present the
    decay of social order, is this achieved?
2. In the context of the novel, indicate the role of Madame
    Schachter? (what‟s her purpose?)
Chapter 3
1. Elie Says: “The Cherished objects we had brought with us
   thus far were left behind in the train, and with them, at last
   our illusions.” (p.29) Analyze.
2. In this chapter Elie lied to SS officer regarding his age. (p.
   31) He lies again later in the chapter when Stein asks about
   his wife, Riezel, and their children. Is it ever permissible to
3. How, now, would you characterize Elie‟s relationship with
4. Define the term dehumanization, and explain how it is
   executed in this chapter (or book). (p.33). Did it truly occur?
   * Discuss the third paragraph on page 35 in your response.
5. Which literary device is exemplified in the statement: “We
   were so many dried up trees in the heart of a desert” (p.35)
6. The inscription at the gates of Auschwitz state, “arbeit
   macht frei”/”Work will set you free”. Examine this
Chapter 4
1. Fashion a reasons why the German‟s wanted the Jews
   to shower upon arrival at every camp.
2. Which literary device is exemplified in the statement:
   “An assassins face, fleshy lips hands like a wolf‟s
   paw” (p.35)
3. Could you live on the diet the prisoner/laborers are
4. How has the new realities of life affected Elie?
5. Identify the abuse the prisoners suffered during their
   stay at Buna.
6. Examine the father son relationship at this juncture in
   the book.
6. Determine the irony(ies) presented in this chapter.
7. Examine the exchange at the end of the chapter.
      “Where is merciful god…tasted of corpse” (pg 64 – 65)
Chapter 5
1. Relate the bells in the concentration camps to the bells
   in your life.
2. Consider how living in a concentration camp may alter
   your perception of the world.
3. During this section, Elie‟s father exchanges a piece of
   bread for “a piece of rubber, found at the warehouse,
   which would do to sole a shoe” with Elie, later he passes
   on the knife and spoon to his son. DISCUSS.
4. Elie and his father make the decision to leave the camp
   with the Nazi and other healthy prisoners, instead of
   staying in the camp with the infirmed. Use this
   opportunity to discuss all the decisions the dad made
   throughout the book.
5. The prisoner‟s clean their bunks before evacuating.
Chapter 6
1. In what ways does nature mirror events in the
   prisoner‟s life?
2. „With sleep comes death‟, fashion an interpret
   of this statement.
3. Apply this epigram to the chapter/book, „every
   man for himself and god for us all‟.
Chapter 7 – 9
1. Recount the father and son struggle over bread
   on page 96/98.
2. Elie‟s father comes all this way just to die at
   the end, right before rescue comes. Your
                                            Cause & Effect
1) Determine the ways in which Elie Wiesel’s
   experience during the holocaust, affected him.
                            Compare & Contrast Essay
2) Compare & Contrast Wiesel's experience during the
   holocaust with Monica Sone experience in the
   Japanese Interment Camps.
                                    Literary Analysis Essay
3) The cover art in one version of the book, depicts a
    dark boy-like figure roaming through barbed wire.
    Fashion a unique interpretation of this image.
                                          Persuasive Essay
4) The Germans used Jews to manage/govern Jews in
    the Ghetto and in the camps, determine the
    effectiveness of this strategy by the Nazi.
                                          Descriptive Essay
5) Chart Elie’s relationship with his father through the
   course of the book.

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