Reading Questions: “Night” and “Farewell to Manzanar” Directions: typewritten assignment



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Reading Questions: “Night” and “Farewell to Manzanar”
Directions: TYPEWRITTEN assignment! This assignment counts as a COMPOSITION grade (35%) for Quarter 4. Respond to the questions/statements in logical, complete, and properly punctuated sentences. Questions 1-12 refer to the story, “from Night.” Questions 13–28 refer to the story, “from Farewell to Manzanar.”

from Night [Pages 592-598]



Date Dues: Tuesday, March 14 [Day B - Period 6]

Wednesday, March 15 [Day A - Period 1]

Non-Print Text:

The picture, Survivors of a Nazi Concentration Camp, on page 594 was taken in 1945 near the end of World War II, when prisoners were just being released from concentration camps. Direct your attention to the gaunt faces and emaciated bodies of the survivors. Respond to the following questions:



  1. How do their appearances affect the mood (see Glossary-page 1260) of the photograph?

  2. What might their expressions tell you about their feelings?

  3. Put yourself in the place of the survivors in the photograph. What do the different facial expressions suggest about the survivors’ views of the future?




  1. Comparing: Compare the attitude of the narrator and his friends before the selection and afterward, when they knew their numbers were not written down. Why did their emotions change?

  2. Clarify: Clarify the sentence “My father had brought me a present…” What does this sentence mean?

  3. Why does the head of the block shut himself in his room?

  4. Refer to page 596 and look at the paragraph that begins with “There were only Tibi and Yosi in front of me.” Why do you think the writer uses repetitive phrases in this passage?

  5. Grief affects people in different ways. How might you react to the news that your father’s name was, in fact, written down after all?

  6. Diction and Style: Diction (word choice) is used by the author to create style (Page 593-the particular way a piece of literature is written-not what is said but how it is said). Refer to page 597 and look at the paragraph that begins with “He felt that his time was short.” Why does Wiesel choose to start every sentence in this paragraph with “he” or “his?”

  7. Tone: Refer to page 598 and read from “The inheritance” to “Do as your father says.” What is the author’s tone in this passage?

  8. Tone: Refer to Question 10: What contrast do you perceive between the author’s tone and the words he uses?

  9. Why do you think Wiesel called his book Night?

from Farewell to Manzanar [Pages 602-611]



Date Dues: Tuesday, March 28 [Day B - Period 6]

Monday, March 27 [Day A - Period 1]

Basic Facts of the Memoir:

  1. Who is the memoir about?

  2. What is the memoir about?

  3. Where does the action take place?

  4. When does the action take place?




  1. Visualize: Visualize the narrator’s arrival at Manzanar. What words does he use to describe this scene?

  2. Clarify: Reread the paragraph that begins with “We rode all day.” What does this description of the dust and sand suggest bout the living conditions in Manzanar?

  3. How does the narrator’s adult perspective of arriving at Manzanar differ from her childhood perspective?

  4. Non-Print Text: Refer to the photograph on page 606. Look at these objects in the photograph: the metal barrel, the wooden barrel, the large tank, and the tall pole. What could be the “uses” of these objects?

  5. Setting: Analyze the relevance of the setting to the text’s meaning. For starters, describe the barracks.

  6. Setting: Lastly, how does the narrator’s description of the setting affect your overall impression of the memoir and the narrator?

  7. Evaluate: Why does the narrator include the description of the sanitary arrangements at Manzanar?

  8. Evaluate: What does this description add to the memoir?

  9. Conflict: Internal conflicts occur within a person. External conflicts occur between a person and another person or an outside force. Identify at least one conflict in this memoir and tell whether it is internal or external.

  10. Refer to the sentence of the memoir (Page 612). What did you learn about the author’s perceptions from the last sentence?

  11. Tone: How would you describe the author’s tone in this excerpt? Cite passages that illustrate that tone.

  12. Tone: Refer to your response to Question 27. What effect does the tone have on your perception of the family’s experience at Manzanar?





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