Discussion Guide for Night, by Elie Wiesel * Pick 2-3 sections of the book that were particularly striking to you; copy, or reference page number and explain, with supporting detail, why you chose these passages. (TT- TS-TW connections are okay here) 1. Describe in detail the characters of Eliezer and Moishe the Beadle. What is the natureof their relationship? 2. Consider Eliezer’s feelings for his family, especially his father. What about his father’scharacter or place in the Jewish community of Sighet commands Eliezer’s respect or admiration? 3. Early in the narrative, Moishe tells Eliezer, “Man asks and God replies. But we don’t understand His replies. We cannot understand them” (p. 5). Is this a paradox? How doesEliezer react to this seemingly unfair assertion? Apply Moishe’s statement to the ongoing crisis of faith that Eliezer faces throughout the course of Night. 4. “And then, one day all foreign Jews were expelled from Sighet,” writes Wiesel, quite bluntly. “And Moishe the Beadle was a foreigner” (p. 6). Why do you suppose this shocking information is delivered so matter-of-factly? What is the point of Wiesel’s abruptness? Also, consider the manner in which Moishe is treated by the Jews of Sighet after he has escaped the Gestapo’s capture. Are the people happy to see him? Is he himself even happy to be alive? Explain why Moishe has returned to the village. Why don’t the Jewish townspeople believe the horrible news he brings back to them?