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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 was Wiesel's reaction to the event he witnessed later in life that reminded him of the workman throwing bread to the prisoners?
2. How dark or light was the night at the beginning of Chapter 6?
3. In Chapter 7, when Wiesel woke up as he was transported with the other prisoners to the concentration camp, what was happening to him?
4. How many corpses were thrown from the wagon in Chapter 7?
5. What did Elie struggle to do when he found himself in the deserted village?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 5, what was it like when winter came?
2. How were the prisoners crushed into the barracks when they arrived at Gleiwitz in Chapter 6?
3. In Chapter 5, how did veterans of Buna describe the camp as it was two years ago?
4. What was selection?
5. Why would Wiesel's father not let him sleep in Chapter 6 while they sheltered in an old factory?
6. At the end of Chapter 6, how did the prisoners quench their thirst?
7. How did Wiesel feel about Rosh Hashanah in the past?
8. What was the general attitude of the prisoners at the beginning of Chapter 7?
9. Why did Wiesel have to go to the infirmary in Chapter 5?
10. Who was Meir Katz and what happened to him?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Father/son relationships were tested in the concentration camps. What are some examples of father/son relationships that broke down in the concentration camps? How was Wiesel's relationship with his father tested? In what ways did Wiesel succeed at the temptations caused by the tests he endured? In what ways did he fail the tests he endured?
Essay Topic 2
Prior to deportation, laws were put into place to control the Jews. What were the first laws that were enacted? How did these laws limit personal freedoms for the Jews? How did these laws condition the Jews to accept deportation? How did the laws accustom the Jews to obedience? Did the Jews tendency to follow the rules manifest itself in how they reacted when they were tortured in the concentration camps?
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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