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Night Ch 1-3 Questions/Commentary. Night Questions. Chapter 1. 1. Describe Moshe' the Beadle. 2. Name the other children in Elie Wiesel's family below. Also put down how old each is at the beginning of the book.

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chapter 1
Chapter 1
  • 1. Describe Moshe' the Beadle.
  • 2. Name the other children in Elie Wiesel's family below. Also put down how old each is at the beginning of the book.
  • 3. What do the townspeople think happens to Moshe'? How soon does the town stop worrying about him and the others?
  • 4. Why do you think that people refused to believe him?
  • 5. If you were Moshe', would you have done as he did, telling others of what you saw? Why/why not?
  • 6. What events gave the people of Sighet less reason to believe Moshe'?
  • 7. Why were the synagogues closed during Passover?
  • 8. Describe what the Germans did in the "5 Steps Toward Death" described by Wiesel.
  • Step 1: 3 Days of House Detention
  • Step 2: Yellow Star
  • Step 3: Ghetto
  • Step 4: Deportation
  • Step 5: Expulsion
chapter 11
Chapter 1
  • 9. Why were the people in Sighet reacting as they did to being placed in the ghetto? Consider this quote:
  • We should no longer have before our eyes those hostile faces, those hate-laden stares. Our fear and anguish were at an end. We were living among Jews, among brothers....
  • 10. How do we perceive the word "germ?" Does it have a positive or negative connotation? Why then does Wiesel refer to a "germ of hope" remaining in the hearts of his fellow citizens?
  • 11. Why was the family's occupation of Wiesel's uncle's house particularly haunting?
  • 12. The Nazis and their collaborators were very meticulous in their planning. If this is true, then why were the Jews forced to rush to do some things under penalty of beatings, then wait without knowing how long they would remain in one spot?
  • 13. How many people were packed in each cattle car? Why was it effective for the Nazi collaborators to make someone "in charge" in each car?
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Chapter 1 Quotations/Commentary (AV-1 sentence of CM)
  • “He was a past master in the art of making himself insignificant, of seeming invisible” (13).
  • “Why do you pray” (14)?
  • “The deportees were soon forgotten” (16).
  • “I’m too old, my son” (18).
  • “…yet the Jews of Sighet continued to smile” (19).
  • “You don’t die of it [the yellow star]” (20).
  • “Night fell” (21)
  • “Naturally, we refused to be separated” (30).
chapter 2
Chapter 2



“Tomorrow might be worse” (32).

“The separation had completely broken her” (33).

“It is a furnace” (34).

“Auschwitz” (35).

  • *As you read, keep track of how long they were kept in the cattle cars.
  • 1. At the beginning of the chapter, how does nature reflect what is happening to the Jews?
  • 2. A devout Jewish community such as Wiesel's was characterized by strict adherence to a very conservative moral code. If that is true, then why do we find that, "the young people gave way openly to instinct..."?
  • 3. What happens to Madame Schachter at the hands of her own people? Why?
  • 4. How long, in terms of days, were they kept in the cattle cars?
  • 5. What was the significance of the flames?
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Chapter 3 Questions+CM



“My hand shifted…left alone” (39).

“You must never lose faith, even when the sword hangs over your head. That’s the teaching of our sages” (40).

“For the first time…what had I to thank Him for” (42)?

“Never…as God himself. Never”(43).

“Those absent…. Hope of finding it” (45)

“I did not move” (48).

“Work is liberty” (49).

“I had ceased to pray” (53).

  • 1. Why did the other prisoner tell Elie and his father to lie about their true ages?
  • 2. Why didn't the Jews revolt when the strong men thought about it? After all, they did have knives, and it is doubtful that the Nazis could have killed them all at the same time.
  • 3. What happened to the babies that were in the lorry when it pulled up to the pit of fire? (It does not tell you exactly, you have to infer the answer from what is said in the book.)
  • 4. Why does Elie's father ask him of Madame Schachter?
  • 5. Right after the break in this chapter, Wiesel begins to explain the meaning of the title of the book. Why is it significant that Wiesel's faith is murdered before he is? Consider the nature of the community from which he came.
  • 6. Why does Wiesel say that nakedness "was the true equality"?
  • 7. Why were the prisoners' heads shaven? (*There are two reasons: one relates to physical appearance, the other to a hygiene problem you probably heard of in elementary school.)
  • 8. Why is the warning sign near the electric fence ironic?