Night Discussion Questions - Night Discussion Questions 1 Describe in detail the characters of Eliezer and Moishe the Beadle What is the nature of their

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Night Discussion Questions 1.Describe in detail the characters of Eliezer and Moishe the Beadle. What is the nature of their relationship? 2.Consider Eliezer’s feelings for his family, especially his father. What about his father’s character 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” (p5). Is this a paradox? Hose does Eliezer 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, “write Wiesel, quite bluntly. “And Moishe the Beadle was a foreigner” 9p6). Why do you suppose this shocking information is delivered so mater-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? 5.Time and again, the people of Sighet doubt the advance of the German army. Why?
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