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What is one of the camps that Elie stays at?

Auschwitz

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What does Elie want to study in the beginning of the book? 

Kabbalah 

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What happened to Moishe and the foreign Jews that were kicked out of Sighet?

they were taken to Hungary and made to dig their own graves and were shot

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How could you describe Elie's religious convictions at the beginning of the book? 

he was very religious 

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What was the lady in hysterics foreshadowing?

being burnt in the crematorium 
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What is one of the camps Elie stays at?

Birkenau 

200

What holiday is being celebrated when the Nazis take over? 

Passover

200

What is a ghetto and how did it work? What does the author mean that it was “ruled by delusion?”

a ghetto was where a group of people were forced to live. It was ruled by delusion in that the people did not think anything bad was going to happen to them 

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What did the Jewish people notice about the smell when they arrive in Auschwitz 

smell of burning flesh 

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Why did Elie and his father not try to make themselves look too strong? 

They did not want to get the hardest jobs

300

What was the primary purpose for Auschwitz? 

extermination and experimentation 

300

What is the cruel irony of the holiday when the Nazis attacked?

They are celebrating the deliverance of their people out of slavery, and now they are being taken over again 

300
  • What does Elie mean on page 23 when he says “We realized then that we were not staying in Hungary. Our eyes opened. Too late.”

They finally realized that they were in actual danger 

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What does Elie remark about his father's khaddish prayer? 

That it was the first time someone prayed for themselves 

300

Why do Elie and his father lie about their ages?

so they would appear to be of better working ability 

400

What was the primary purpose for Birkenau 

work 

400

What are the two most important holidays in the Jewish calendar 

Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah

400

Why did Elie feel mocked by the warning sign of the electrical fence? (pg. 37)

As if he did not know the danger of the fence or of his current situation

400

What is dehumanizing about branding? 

it is what we do to cattle 

400

Why did Elie and his father stop hearing from their cousin?

He found out that he was being lied to about his family being alive 

500

What are the words that hang over Auschwitz mean?

Work sets you free 

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What is Moishe's job? 

He is a traveling preacher

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What signs of dehumanization do we see shown towards the Jewish people? 

shot like dogs, shoved into cattle cars, leprous dogs, etc. 

500

Why was their supervising inmate replaced? 

He was too nice

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How does Elie describe his faith life now that he is in the camp? 

A dark flame consumed his soul 

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