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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the condition of the main synagogue when Elie's group reaches it?
2. Where does Elie's group stay after being forced out of the ghetto?
3. How do the people of Sighet regard Elie's father?
4. What does the author say the cattle car is?
5. In chapter 3, what do the prisoners discuss after a few weeks in the camp?
Short Essay Questions
1. One of Charles Darwin's evolutionary principles is survival of the fittest. How does this concept apply to life in the concentration camp?
2. Why do the Jews conserve their food on the train to the concentration camp in chapter 2?
3. Describe Elie's thoughts as he experiences life in the concentration camp.
4. What happens to the prisoners when they first go into the barracks at Birkenau?
5. What do the German officer and the Hungarian interpreter tell the Jews on the train to the concentration camp in chapter 2?
6. Why are the prisoners happy when the camp is bombed in chapter 5?
7. At the beginning of chapter 7, as they are transported to another concentration camp, what is Elie's attitude?
8. What are the prisoners required to do when the camp is evacuated?
9. How does the content of chapter 7 help explain the title of the book?
10. Describe the relationship between Moshe the Beadle and Elie.
Essay Topic 1
What information or background should someone have before trying to read Night, so that he/she will understand it better? Explain how each item will help this person more fully grasp the themes in Night.
Essay Topic 2
The occupants of the concentration camps lost so much during their confinement. Give an example of something that could be taken for granted which is lost by the occupants while they are confined to the concentration camp. Discuss what it means to lose something that is usually taken for granted.
Essay Topic 3
Answer all parts.
1) What was Elie Wiesel's purpose in writing Night?
2) What message is the author trying to send?
3) What does the author want the reader to remember about the story?
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