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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. As the train trip continues, what does Madame Schachter scream about?
2. Where do the flames appear to be coming from that the Jews see as they exit the train at Birkenau?
3. What is the lie that Elie tells to the man looking for Wiesel of Sighat?
4. How do the Jews sleep the first night in the prison block at Auschwitz?
5. What do the SS officers do to the prisoners the day after arriving at Auschwitz?
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 were tears of joy shed by some prisoners inside the barracks?
3. Aside from the surgery on his leg possibly causing his death, what other reason does Elie have to be concerned about the results?
4. According to Moshe, what is the truth about what happened on the train trip on which he and other foreign Jews are deported?
5. How were the people of Sighet lulled into a false sense of security by the German troops who entered Sighet in the spring of 1944?
6. What do the Jews see and smell as they get off the train at Birkenau?
7. Describe the executions Elie witnesses in Birkenau.
8. At the beginning of chapter 7, as they are transported to another concentration camp, what is Elie's attitude?
9. Compare Moshe the Beadle (from chapter one) and Madame Schachter.
10. Elie's father dismisses the yellow star and the meaning of it by stating that no one ever died from it. Does Elie agree with his father's statement? Do you agree with his father's statement?
Essay Topic 1
Identify the mood or feeling created by the story as a whole. How is this mood or feeling created? Be sure to consider setting as part of your answer.
Essay Topic 2
In Night, we learn a great deal about Elie. Answer all parts.
1) List four adjectives that describe Elie's personality. Include an example from the story for each adjective.
2) What is a value or belief that Elie has?
3) How does he act on this value or belief?
4) How does Elie change as the book progresses?
5) What causes Elie to change?
Essay Topic 3
Although the book is filled with horrifying experiences, there are some instances of mercy. Describe three of these situations and what their purpose in the story is.
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