Irony in Night by Elie Wiesel: Examples & Analysis


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In Night, Jewish people were forced to wear yellow stars. What did Mr. Weisel, Eliezer's father, think when he heard that they would be required to wear stars?

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1. What do the townspeople think when their town is evacuated and sent to Auschwitz in Night?

2. In Night, Eliezer's family is separated and his mother and youngest sibling are killed in the gas chambers in Auschwitz. What do the Jewish people do when they first arrive at Auschwitz?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Night's use of irony has a striking effect on the reader. This quiz will ask you to identify instances of irony from the book and understand why the characters' thoughts and actions are considered ironic.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To pass the quiz, you'll be required to:

  • Recall how Eliezer's father reacted when he learns he has to wear a yellow star
  • Determine why the people of Sighet think they're being evacuated to Auschwitz
  • Understand what the Jewish people do when they first get to the concentration camp
  • Know what would have happened to Eliezer and his dad if they stayed at the Buna infirmary
  • Assess Night's use of irony

Skills Practiced

You'll get practice using the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use what you know about Night to identify what Eliezer's father thought about wearing a yellow star
  • Making connections - determine what would have happened if Eliezer and his father stayed in the infirmary
  • Information recall - access knowledge you've gained regarding the book's use of irony

Additional Learning

The related lesson, Irony in Night by Elie Wiesel: Examples & Analysis, provides more information on the book's use of irony. The lesson goes over the following objectives:

  • Analyze quotes from the book that illustrate irony
  • Understand the historical setting of Night
  • Learn the ways in which the characters' situations get worse