Night Study Guide- English

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Describe Moshe, the Beadle.
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He was jack-of-all-trades in a Hasidic house of prayer. He was poor and lived in utter penury.
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Why did Eliezer pray, and why did he cry when he prayed?
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He doesn’t know and he felt the need to cry.
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Upon his return, what story did Moshe tell?
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He was shot in the leg and some Jews and infants got shot.
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Why didn’t the people believe him?
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Because they thought he was imaging things.
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Cite examples of how the Jewish citizens of Sighet began to lose their rights.
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Jews were prohibited from leaving their residences for three days, under the penalty of death. The Jews were forbidden to own gold and jewels.
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What is a ghetto?
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An area that Jews are permitted.
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Why did the citizens resist the truth, even when it was in front of them?
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They had hope and they thought it was a dream.
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Describe the conditions in the train (at the end of the chapter).
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The police made them to climb into cars, eighty persons. They handed us some bread, a few pails of war: They checked the bars. If they were tried to escape, they were shot.
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Explain, \”our eyes were opened, but too late.\” Where was the train at this point?
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Because they didn’t want to see that they were not safe. The train stopped in Kaschau.
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What was foreshadowed by Madame Schacter’s nightmare?
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Fire.
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What did some of the passengers do to quiet Madame Schacter?
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Some people placed a damp rag on her forehead. They gagged her.
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Where did the train finally stop?
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Birkenau.
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When questioned by the S.S. Officer, why did Elie lie about his age and occupation?
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So he can be safe because he could have been killed.
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What was the first horrifying sight that Elie at first disbelieved?
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Men and woman were being burned
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Explain what Elie meant when he said, \”Never shall I forget these flames which consumed my faith forever.\”
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He stopped believing that they will live.
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How had Elie changed in a short time?
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He thinks of himself as a shape that resembled him.
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What was Elie’s first impression of Auschwitz after leaving Birkenau?
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Cement buildings with two stories and little gardens here and there.
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What were the \”compulsory formality\” at the entrance to all camps?
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They went to take a shower
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What sort of identification was used on the prisoners?
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They were tattooed with numbers on their arm.
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Why was the prisoner in charge of Elie’s block removed from this position?
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He was judged too humane.
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What were the prisoners’ rations at each meal?
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In the morning: black coffee. At midday: soup. By third day, they were eagerly eating any kind of soup. 6 o’clock in the afternoon: Bread.
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What was Bela Katz forced to do once he was chosen for his strength?
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He was forced to place his own father into the furnace.
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Why were the Jewish musicians not allowed to play music by Beethoven?
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Jews were not allowed to play German music.
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Describe one of Idek’s bouts of madness?
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He started to beat on Elie.
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How did Elie initially avoid losing his crown?
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He pretended to be sick.
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Whom did Elie meet years later on the Paris Metro?
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The French girl
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What happened when Elie refused to give his crown to Freanek? What was the end result?
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Franek became greedy and Elie’s crown was taken out.
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Describe the scene with the soup cauldrons.
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A guy tried to sneak to get food but he was shot by someone.
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During one of the preliminary \”ceremonies\” for a hanging, what did Juliek whisper to Elie? What does this suggest?
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\”Will it be over soon, I’m hungry!\” He does not care about the Jews being killed.
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During one hanging, Elie and the other prisoners cried. What made this hanging different from others?
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The hanging was a boy.
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Why didn’t Elie fast on Yom Kippur?
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To please his father who had forbidden him to do so. And there was no longer any reason for him to fast. He did not accept God’s silence.
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What advice was Elie given to pass the selection process?
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Don’t be afraid and run.
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How did Elie’s father respond when he learned his name had been written down?
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He felt time was running out.
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What did Akiba Drumer ask the others to do for him? Did they do it?
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In three days, he would be gone and they are suppose to say Kiddish for him. They forgot to because of work
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Why was Elie placed in the hospital?
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His right foot began to swell from the cold.
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Why was the camp to be evacuated? What did Elie learn of the fate of those who stayed behind in the hospital?
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The Russians were close. They were saved.
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What happened to anyone who could not keep up with the march?
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They were order to shoot.
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How did Zalman die?
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He was trampled under the feet of the thousand of men who followed us.
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What horrible realization did Elie come to concerning Rabbi Eliahou and his son? How did Elie respond to this?
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What if he wanted to be rid of his father. He still loves loves his Dad and wants to be with him.
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What was Juliek’s last act?
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He played the violin
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How did Elie help his father when the selection was made?
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He stayed with his dad
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How did Elie again help his father when they were on the train?
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He tried to wake up his dad.
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Describe the scene Elie witnessed between the father and son.
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The kid stole his father’s bread and killed him. People found out the kid had the bread, so they killed him.
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How many got out of the wagon? Where had they arrived?
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12 of them. They arrived in Buchenwald.
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Explain how the father/son roles had been reversed in the case of Elie and his father?
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His father became weak, frightened, vulnerable.
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Why was Elie’s father being beaten?
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They could not stand Elie’s father any longer because he no longer was able to drag himself outside to relieve himself.
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What did Elie think of the advice given to him by the head of the block?
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Every man for himself and don’t think of others.
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What happened on April 5th?
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The Buchenwald camp would be liquidated.
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What was the resistance movement? What did they do?
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Americans. They attacked the camp with guns and grenades.
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What did the prisoners do when they were freed?
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Eat provisions.
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What were the objectives of the medical examinations?
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To see if there was gold in their teeth.

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