Night by Elie Wiesel Discussion Questions

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'Night' by Elie Wiesel is an autobiographical novel about the author's experiences during the Holocaust. This article is comprised of discussion questions about the book for the classroom.


Imagine being a Jewish teenager in Europe during the Holocaust. In Night, Elie Wiesel describes many of his own experiences through Eliezer, the protagonist and narrator of this novel. At first, the people of Eliezer's hometown, Sighet, don't believe the stories about the Gestapo, but eventually, Nazi occupation in Hungary is undeniable. The questions included in this lesson will support class discussions related to this autobiographical novel.

Discussion Questions About the Foreword through Section Two

The foreword provides an overview of the significance of Wiesel's story. The next two sections describe Eliezer's life before Nazi occupation, the townspeople's initial reaction to the Gestapo, the progression of Jewish oppression by Nazis, and finally the deportation of all Jewish members of the community to Auschwitz.

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