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by Elie Wiesel

Night Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Why don’t the Jews in Sighet listen to the warnings of the danger to come? Why are they so persistently optimistic?
  2. Why does suffering so often lead to a loss of faith? Why does suffering sometimes lead to an increase in faith?
  3. Is it worse to die or to be separated from your family? Does Elie Wiesel make a distinction between the two? Does he argue that one is worse than the other?
  4. Because our memories are not always reliable, can we consider this book to be "true" and "factual"? Is it possible to think about this book as "truth" without always being 100% accurate? Why or why not?
  5. One of Elie Wiesel’s fears is that the world has not learned anything after the Holocaust. Do you think that’s true? Are other people in the world experiencing "Night" or could they?

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