Section 1 pp. 1-20
1. Describe Moshe, the Beadle. (p. 1-2)
Poor,well-liked, knowledgeable in theology
2. Who is the narrator of the story? What point-of-view is used?
Elie, 1st person
3. What is Elie Wiesel’s hometown and what country?
4. In what year does Elie’s story begin? How old was he then? (p.1)
1942, 12 yrs old, almost 13
5. Why did Eliezer pray, and why did he cry when he prayed?
He prays to get closer to God, doesn’t know why he cries
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6. Upon his return, what story did Moshe tell? (p. 5)
mass shooting of jews who had to dig their own grave
7. Why didn’t the people believe him?
Too terrible to believe, in denial, thought war was almost over
8. What world-known leader are the Jews afraid of and why? (p. 6)
9. List the rules the Jews are made to abide by. (p. 8)
wear gold star, can’t own valuables, gold, etc., had a 6:00 curfew, couldn’t attend synagogue,
10. What is a ghetto?
fenced in area where Jews were kept before deportation, bad conditions
11. Why did the citizens resist the truth, even when it was in front of them?
Didn’t want to believe
12. What are the feelings of the Jews as they experience deportation? (p. 18)
13. Describe the conditions in the train (at the end of the chapter).
over crowded, no food or air or water, no restroom
Section 2 pp. 21-32
1. Under whose authority are the Jews as they are transported out of Hungary? (p. 24)
2. Explain, “our eyes were opened, but too late.” Where was the train at this point?
They realized what was happening to them but too late to revolt or escape
3. What is to happen to anyone who keeps anything valuable in his possession? (p. 24)
shot on the spot
4. What was foreshadowed by Madame Schacter’s nightmare? The fires of the concentration camps
The furnaces (crematories)
5. What did some of the passengers do to quiet Madame Schacter?
beat her, gagged her, tied her
6. Where did the train finally stop?
7. What is Elie’s one thought as the Jews are separated? (p. 27)
stay with his father
8. What can you say about the faith of the older Jewish prisoners? (p. 29)
holds out for a long time
9. When questioned by the S.S. Officer, why did Elie lie about his age and occupation? (p. 29)
to avoid the selection
10. What was the first horrifying sight that Elie at first disbelieved? (p. 30)
babies thrown in to the fire
11. Explain what Elie meant when he said, “Never shall I forget these flames which consumed my faith forever.” (p. 32)
His faith was lost
12. How had Elie changed in a short time? (p. 32)
from a prayerful faithful student to an angry, bitter non-believer