"Night" by Elie Wiesel Study Guide Answers: Chapter 1

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Describe Moshe, the Beadle.
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Was a poor Jewish man in their town.
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Why did Eliezer pray, and why did he cry when he prayed?
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Prayed because he was faithful and he said he didn’t know why he cried but he felt in his heart he should.
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Upon his return, what story did Moshe tell?
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They were taken by train, were forced dig deep trenches and were shot into the holes they’d dug. But Moshe miraculously escaping.
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Why didn’t people believe him?
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They were too naïve and stubborn. In denial.
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Cite examples of how the Jewish citizens of Sighet began to lose their rights.
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The yellow star, can’t go to pray, and curfews.
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What is a ghetto?
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A place segregated off from the rest of Germany for the Jews.
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Why did the citizens resist the truth, even when it was in front of them?
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Because they were in denial that they were really being persecuted for their beliefs.
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Describe the conditions in the train (at the end of the chapter).
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Packed with people (around 80 people in the car). Very hot and smelly. People cannot bathe and must go to the restroom in the corner which increases the unsanitary conditions.
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What literary point of view is used for this book?
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1st Person
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Explain this comment: \”Poor Father. Of what then did you die?\”
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The father had said that the yellow star wasn’t lethal. But Wiesel realizes that the fact that star represents being Jewish, and being Jewish during that time was basically a death sentence.
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What does the author mean by the following: \”On the seventh day of Passover the curtain rose?\”?
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Idk? haha sorry figure it out on your own.
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Explain the paragraph: \”the shadows beside me awoke as from a long sleep. They fled, silently, in all directions.\”
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Idk again. Idk everything.
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Explain, \”Our eyes were opened, but too late.\” Where was the train at this point?
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When they realized their fate it was too late. Their was no escaping it they could only accept it. Train was in Kas Chav
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What was foreshadowed by Madame Schacter’s nightmare?
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Train was filled with fire, which foreshadowed the future cremation and death they would eventually face at Auschwits.
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What did some of the passengers do to quiet Madame Schacter?
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Woman attempted to comfort her, her son begged for her to calm down. Eventually they beat her to keep her quiet, and tied her up to restrain her.
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Where did the train finally stop?
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Auschwits
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When questioned by the S.S. Officer, why Elie lie about his age and occupation?
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Said he was younger to give him more time so they would kill him later, and said he was farmer instead of a student. So they would think he was a hard worker instead of a book worm.
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What was the first horrifying sight that Elie at first disbelieved?
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