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

Describe Moshe, the Beadle.
Was a poor Jewish man in their town.
Why did Eliezer pray, and why did he cry when he prayed?
Prayed because he was faithful and he said he didn’t know why he cried but he felt in his heart he should.
Upon his return, what story did Moshe tell?
They were taken by train, were forced dig deep trenches and were shot into the holes they’d dug. But Moshe miraculously escaping.
Why didn’t people believe him?
They were too naïve and stubborn. In denial.
Cite examples of how the Jewish citizens of Sighet began to lose their rights.
The yellow star, can’t go to pray, and curfews.
What is a ghetto?
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?
Because they were in denial that they were really being persecuted for their beliefs.
Describe the conditions in the train (at the end of the chapter).
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.
What literary point of view is used for this book?
1st Person
Explain this comment: “Poor Father. Of what then did you die?”
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.
What does the author mean by the following: “On the seventh day of Passover the curtain rose?”?
Idk? haha sorry figure it out on your own.
Explain the paragraph: “the shadows beside me awoke as from a long sleep. They fled, silently, in all directions.”
Idk again. Idk everything.
Explain, “Our eyes were opened, but too late.” Where was the train at this point?
When they realized their fate it was too late. Their was no escaping it they could only accept it. Train was in Kas Chav
What was foreshadowed by Madame Schacter’s nightmare?
Train was filled with fire, which foreshadowed the future cremation and death they would eventually face at Auschwits.
What did some of the passengers do to quiet Madame Schacter?
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.
Where did the train finally stop?
When questioned by the S.S. Officer, why Elie lie about his age and occupation?
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.
What was the first horrifying sight that Elie at first disbelieved?