English P. 3
Night – Elie Wiesel
1. Three characteristics that describe Eliezer are he’s the only boy, he’s Jewish and he’s religious.
2. A simile is comparing something using “like” or “as”. Five examples of a simile in Chapter 1 are: 1. “They think I’m mad, he whispered and tears, like drops of wax flowed from his eyes.” 2. “He closed his eyes as if to escape time.” 3. “Half asleep he was staring at me, his eyes filled with terror, as though he expected me to burst out laughing …” 4. “Our backyard looked like a market place.” 5. “They passed me by, like beaten dogs with never a glance in my direction.”
3. Elie’s father doesn’t leave Sighet while there’s still a chance because he complains about being too old to start a new life somewhere in a distant land.
4. Elie disagreed with his father’s thoughts about the yellow star because Elie thinks the yellow star labels them and takes away their rights.
5. A tomb is a large vault, typically an underground one, for burying the dead with their valuables. SIghet was compared to an “open tomb” because there were open rooms everywhere, gaping doors looked out into the void, “It all belonged to everyone since it no longer belonged to anyone.” The literary device used is a metaphor.
1. The traveling conditions on the train were unhealthy, crowded and dangerous. There were only two buckets, one for waste and the other for water. The stench was unbearable and people would die before even reaching the concentration camp.
2. Mrs. Schäcter foreshadows the fate of the town people by repeatedly screaming she sees a fire. All she was trying to do was warn everyone about the things they should encounter when at the camp, such as a crematorium or flame pits.
1. The “black flames” that destroy Elie’s faith are the flames of burning bodies in the crematorium.
2. Elie and his father lie about their ages because he didn’t want to be separated from his father and to also show they’re young enough to work.
3. Dr. Mengele asked the prisoners questions to then determine if they should be sentenced to death or to work. He’s also infamous for experimenting on Jews.
4. Elie wasn’t surprised his father didn’t recognize Stein because his father was always up to his neck in communal affairs and not knowledgeable in family matters. A cousin once stayed at their home and dint realize she was there until 2 weeks had gone by.
5. The game Elie and his father were playing regarding his family was to lie and say they’ve heard from Stein’s family and that they’re alive and okay to keep Stein’s spirit up. Them too, pretended that their mother’s in a work camp and his sister is old enough to work.
1. After the first hanging in this chapter, the soup tastes “better than ever” because everyone was waiting longer than usual and the man whom was hung, was a criminal that went down screaming. After the second hanging, the soup tastes like “corpses” because Elie couldn’t get the image of death out of his head and he watched as one boy dangled between life and death until he died.
2. When the bombing occurred, the prisoners were quite happy because the more bombs, means the Allies are closing in which means the war is ending.
3. Elie referred to the child hanging from the gallows as God. The significance this has on Elie’s personal life is it leaves a big gap in him, he’s speechless, since he’s very religious.
4. A metaphor is comparing something NOT using “like” or “as”. Metaphors on page 52 and what they’re being compared to are: 1. “The bread, the soup – those were my entire life.” That metaphor is being compared to life. 2. “The stomach alone was measuring time.” This one is being compared to time. 3. “I was nothing but a body, but a famish stomach” Elie’s comparing his entire body to a starving stomach.
1. Elie’s response during the Jewish holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur were Elie refused to fast on Yom Kippur and