• "Night" Questions  

    Discussion Questions, Pages 1-22
    1. Who was Moshe the Beadle?
    2. Why did Eliezer spend a lot of time with Moshe?
    3. What happened to Moshe that caused a great change in him?
    4. How did the rest of the community react to what Moshe told them?
    5. What were the ghettos?
    6. At first, how did the Jews of Sighet feel about the ghettos?
    7. Who offered Eliezer’s family safe refuge?
    8. On what day of the week was Eliezer’s family expelled?

    Discussion Questions, Pages 23-46

    1. Why did the Hungarian lieutenant move among the prisoners with a basket?
    2. Who was Madame Schachter?
    3. Who were the SS men?
    4. What was Eliezer’s last view of his mother and sister?
    5. Why did Eliezer and his father lie to Dr. Mengele?
    6. Why did his father wish Eliezer had gone with his mother?
    7. What was actually happening to the women?
    8. What is the Kaddish?
    9. According to the SS officer, what was the only way to avoid the furnaces?
    10. Why did the gypsy strike Eliezer’s father?
    11. To what new camp were the prisoners marched?

    Discussion Questions, Pages 47-65

    1.     Why was Eliezer sent to the dentist?

    2.    Who beat Eliezer in front of the French girl?

    3.    Why did Eliezer give his father "marching lessons"?

    Discussion Questions, Pages 66-84

    1.     What is Rosh Hashanah?

    2.    What was Dr. Mengele’s attitude during the "selection"?

    3.    What sorts of "presents" did Eliezer’s father give him?

    4.    How did Eliezer end up in the hospital?

    5.    Why was the camp being evacuated?

    Discussion Questions, Pages 85-97

    1.     What happened to Zalman?

    2.    How did Eliezer and his father help each other stay alive?

    3.    How did Eliezer avoid suffocation?

    4.    How did Eliezer’s father avoid being "selected" at Gleiwitz?

    Discussion Questions, Pages 98-120

    1.     Why did the two men try to throw Elie’s father from the carriage?

    2.    Why did the living "rejoice" when the order came to throw out the corpses?

    3.    How did the prisoners in the wagon act like animals?

    4.    How did Meir Katz save Eliezer’s life?

    5.    Why did Eliezer decide to be an "invalid"?

    6.    Why didn’t he see his father die?

    7.    Explain the line at the end of the book that reads, "A corpse gazed back at me."



    Essay Questions for Study

    IN PARAGRAPH FORM you need to answer each of the following questions. You are not limited to one paragraph. 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." Three of these questions will be on your test Friday. Each question is worth 33 1/3 points. Four-five sentence responses will not earn full credit. I want LONG, DETAILED responses.


    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."

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