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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. In particular, what did the occupants of the cattle car need in Chapter 2?
2. What happened to the foreign Jews in Sighet when the Hungarian police arrived?
3. Where is Sighet?
4. In Chapter 4 why was speaking German to Wiesel at the camp so risky for a young female prisoner?
5. What did Madame Schachter do after the confrontation with the men on the train?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why was Wiesel able to keep his new pair of shoes in Chapter 3?
2. Who was Madame Schachter?
3. In Chapter 4, where did Wiesel say that he again met a woman he had worked with in the concentration camp?
4. Who was the head of the camp in Chapter 4 and how did he act?
5. What type of work was Wiesel given to do in Chapter 4?
6. What happened when the Jews walked toward the station at the end of Chapter 1?
7. How did some of the passengers let go of their inhibitions in Chapter 2?
8. What happened at the barrack where Wiesel and his father were taken in Chapter 3?
9. At the beginning of Chapter 3, what did the Jews leave behind in the wagons?
10. How did Moshe's experiences during the deportation change him?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
There were warnings and predictions by people considered outcasts about the coming suffering for the Jews. Who was the first outcast that warned the people of Sighet of the coming trouble? What visions did Madame Schächte see? How did people respond to the warnings and the prediction? Why were the warnings and predictions ignored? What did Wiesel want his father to do when trouble was coming? What did Wiesel think might have happened if people had listened?
Essay Topic 2
The Germans used fire to get rid of prisoners. Why did the Germans see fire as a cleansing substance? How was fire used to destroy babies? Where was the place fire was used most frequently to kill prisoners? In what way does fire symbolize the anger of the Germans?
Essay Topic 3
In Chapter 4, Wiesel's writing style changes. In what way does his writing style change? In what way is the writing more matter-of-fact and less complex? How does this change in writing style mirror the changes Wiesel was undergoing physically? How does this provide a realistic picture of how Wiesel and the others were fighting to survive?
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