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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. What does Elie see in the flames of the crematory?

3. Why doesn't the dentist pull Elie's tooth?

4. What does the name Auschwitz mean to the occupants of the cattle car?

5. What does Madame Schachter do after the confrontation with the men on the train?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Moshe, what is the truth about what happened on the train trip on which he and other foreign Jews are deported?

2. Why is it odd that Elie prays in chapter 6?

3. Compare Moshe the Beadle (from chapter one) and Madame Schachter.

4. What are Elie's feelings about his father's death?

5. How does Elie keep his father from being taken from the wagon in which they are being transported to the concentration camp?

6. Several months after Moshe the Beadle and the other foreign Jews were deported, what do the people of Sighet believe about the lives of the deportees?

7. Elie's horrifying experiences in the concentration camp continue to shake which of his core beliefs?

8. Why does the author frequently refer to animals throughout the story? Give examples of these references.

9. Why do the Jews conserve their food on the train to the concentration camp in chapter 2?

10. What does Elie show about his spirit and the human spirit in general after his father dies?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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