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Night Chapter 1 Notes

Vocabulary:
Synagogue
Cabbala
Anti-Semitic
Ghetto
Premonition
Deportation

Questions:

  1. How does Elie first describe his father?



  1. Describe Elie. How old is he? What is he interested in? What does this say about him?



  1. Who was Moshe the Beadle?



  1. Describe Moshe's story of his deportation.



  1. What was first impression the Jews had of the German soldiers?



  1. What was the result of Elie’s father’s meeting with the council?



  1. How many chances did Elie’s family have to escape the awful fate of going to a concentration camp?




  1. What literary devices did you encounter in Chapter 1? List any that you found.

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Night Chapter 2 Notes
Vocabulary:

Encumber


Premonition

Monotonous

Stench

Abominable



Pestilence

Hermetically





  1. What is Madame Schachter’s premonition?



  1. What did the people on the train do to calm Madame Schachter?



  1. What lies are the people on the train told? Why do you think they were lied to?



  1. Where does the train finally stop?



  1. How were Madame Schachter’s screams a premonition of things to come?



  1. How does Madame Schachter’s son react to the events of Chapter 2?



  1. What literary devices did you encounter in Chapter 2? List any that you found.

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Night Chapter 3 Notes

Vocabulary:

Lucid


Notorious

Unremitting

Truncheon

Kaddish


Comrades

Congeal


Blandishment



  1. Why did Elie and his father have to lie about their ages?


  1. Why was it wise that Elie chose “farmer” as his occupation when he lied to Dr. Mengele?



  1. When Elie arrived at the barracks, what was he made to do?



  1. What was the iron door of Auschwitz say? How is this inscription ironic?


  1. What is the advice the Pole in charge of Elie’s group gives the prisoners?



  1. What relative does Elie meet shortly after arriving? Why does Elie lie to him?



  1. What is Akiba Drumer’s theory for the reason the Holocaust was taking place?



  1. What change has Elie made since arriving to Auschwitz? How is he different than he was only a few days before? How do you know?



  1. What literary devices did you encounter in Chapter 3? List any that you found.



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Night Chapter 4 Notes
Vocabulary

Sanctity


Reprieve

Imperceptible

Cauldron

Gallows


Pipel


  1. Why did Franek hit Elie’s father when he wanted Elie’s gold tooth? Why not just hit Elie?




  1. How was Elie punished for accidentally catching Idek with the girl?



  1. Again, how does Elie’s behavior towards the dentist show that he’s changed since arriving to the concentration camp?



  1. What were some of the allusions in Chapter 4? Interpret the allusions mentioned.



  1. Earlier in the story, Elie skips eating because he’s “spoiled” and doesn’t like the soup. How has his way of thinking and valuing objects changed?



  1. Before when his father was beaten, Elie reacted by being angry at the men who hit him. How does he feel now? Why do you think he now feels this way?



  1. Wiesel uses great imagery when describing the soup. What are some of the ways he makes the soup seem so tasty? What was it probably like in actuality?


  1. What is the punishment for stealing soup?



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  1. How has Juliek become desensitized to the horrors of concentration camp life?



  1. Explain Elie’s statement at the end of the chapter that God is dead and “hanging here on this gallows….”


  1. Why did the soup taste excellent after the first hanging but “tasted of corpses” after the hanging of the pipel?


  1. What literary devices did you encounter in Chapter 4? List any that you found.


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Night Chapter 5 Notes
Vocabulary

Rosh Hashanah Inheritance

Accursed Interminable

Stricken Reprieve

Benediction Lamentation

Tempest Implore

Yom Kippur Atonement



  1. Explain the process of selection.



  1. Why is Elie upset with God?



  1. How is it ironic that Elie’s father would give him a knife and spoon as his inheritance? Consider their previous lifestyle and sense of value.



  1. What are Elie’s questions for why this is happening?


  1. What promise to Akiba Drumer wasn’t kept? Why do you think that happened?



  1. Elie’s neighbor in the hospital says he has “more faith in Hitler than in anyone else. He’s the only one who’s kept his promises, all his promises, to the Jewish people.” Who is he implying hasn’t kept their promises?



  1. What happened to those whom stayed behind in the hospital?



  1. What is the irony in them cleaning the block so the liberating army will “realize there were men living here and not pigs”?



  1. What literary devices did you encounter in Chapter 5? List any that you found.



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Night Chapter 6 Notes
Vocabulary

Stifle


Automaton

Entitity


Semblance

Famished


Encumber

Vigilance




  1. How have Elie and the rest of the prisoners lost their individuality? What words does Elie use to collectively describe the men?


  1. How is death now a reprieve?



  1. Explain the events that surround Rabbi Eliahou. What does Elie ask of God?




  1. Why does Elie’s father tell him not to fall asleep?



  1. How is Juliek’s “concert” an act of defiance?



  1. What literary devices did you encounter in Chapter 6? List any that you found.


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Night Chapter 7 Notes
Vocabulary:

Apathy


Tether

Indifference

Dregs

Grimace




  1. What do the German workmen do to derive pleasure from seeing these men on the trains?



  1. The Parisienne Elie meets later in life commits a similar act. What does this tell us about human nature and evil in general?


  1. What happens to the father who smuggled the bread for his son? What happens to the son as a result? How is this ironic?


  1. What did they do with the dead bodies on the train?



  1. How have the men transformed as a result of their environment?



  1. What literary devices did you encounter in Chapter 7? List any that you found.

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Night Chapter 8 Notes
Vocabulary:

Hillock


Dysentery

Invalid


Spasmodically

Plaintive

Beseeching



  1. When they arrive at this new camp, the “cauldrons of soup at the entrance attracted no one. To sleep, that was all that mattered.” How is this a change from prior behaviors pertaining to soup?



  1. How has Elie become what he once hated and despised?



  1. Explain the inversion of roles that occurs between Elie and his father.



  1. What advice does the head of the block give Elie?


  1. How is the death of Elie’s father almost bitter-sweet for Elie? Does he feel guilty for feeling this way?



  1. What literary devices did you encounter in Chapter 8? List any that you found.

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Night Chapter 9 Notes
Vocabulary:

Liquidate

Upheaval

Deportees





  1. Elie is transferred to another block after his father’s death. How has he now come full-circle from the way he was when the story began?



  1. When the camp is “liquidated”, what does that actually mean? Why do they use that word instead of telling the prisoners what’s actually to come?



  1. How does Elie escape death yet again?



  1. Elie receives food poisoning shortly after being liberated. How is this ironic?



  1. Why does Elie see a “corpse” when he looks in the mirror? What happened to his theoretical soul?


  1. What literary devices did you encounter in Chapter 9? List any that you found.


  1. Elie denies God throughout the novel, while people who praise God are dying all around him. In your opinion, why do you think he was saved while so many others were not? What could have been his purpose in life?



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