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.
What are Elie’s questions for why this is happening?
What promise to Akiba Drumer wasn’t kept? Why do you think that happened?
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?
What happened to those whom stayed behind in the hospital?
What is the irony in them cleaning the block so the liberating army will “realize there were men living here and not pigs”?
What literary devices did you encounter in Chapter 5? List any that you found.
Night Chapter 6 Notes Vocabulary
How have Elie and the rest of the prisoners lost their individuality? What words does Elie use to collectively describe the men?
How is death now a reprieve?
Explain the events that surround Rabbi Eliahou. What does Elie ask of God?
Why does Elie’s father tell him not to fall asleep?
How is Juliek’s “concert” an act of defiance?
What literary devices did you encounter in Chapter 6? List any that you found.
Night Chapter 7 Notes Vocabulary:
What do the German workmen do to derive pleasure from seeing these men on the trains?
The Parisienne Elie meets later in life commits a similar act. What does this tell us about human nature and evil in general?
What happens to the father who smuggled the bread for his son? What happens to the son as a result? How is this ironic?
What did they do with the dead bodies on the train?
How have the men transformed as a result of their environment?
What literary devices did you encounter in Chapter 7? List any that you found.
Night Chapter 8 Notes Vocabulary:
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?
How has Elie become what he once hated and despised?
Explain the inversion of roles that occurs between Elie and his father.
What advice does the head of the block give Elie?
How is the death of Elie’s father almost bitter-sweet for Elie? Does he feel guilty for feeling this way?
What literary devices did you encounter in Chapter 8? List any that you found.
Night Chapter 9 Notes Vocabulary:
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?
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?
How does Elie escape death yet again?
Elie receives food poisoning shortly after being liberated. How is this ironic?
Why does Elie see a “corpse” when he looks in the mirror? What happened to his theoretical soul?
What literary devices did you encounter in Chapter 9? List any that you found.
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?