Literary Devices in Night by Elie Wiesel


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Which literary device is used in Night when the narrator mentions, 'Faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and even in His creation.'

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1. Two years before Wiesel's village was evacuated, Moishe the Beadle warns Eliezer. 'He told me what had happened to him and his companions.The train with the deportees had crossed the Hungarian border and, once in Polish territory, had been taken over by the Gestapo.' Which literary device is used in this passage?

2. 'They think I'm mad,' he whispered, and tears, like drops of wax, flowed from his eyes.' In this passage, which literary device is used to compare tears to wax?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Elie Wiesel's Night is one of the most important works in 20th Century literature, especially in relation to the Holocaust and Jewish history. The questions contained in this assessment will help your brush up on the different literary devices that Wiesel uses in his work. In order to answer the questions accurately, you will not only need to understand the specific literary devices themselves, but also be able to identify them from specific passages of text.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The assessment questions will test your knowledge of:

  • Specific literary devices
  • How these devices are used in Night
  • How to recognize specific devices
  • The literary devices of specific passages

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - recall your knowledge of literary devices to articulate the specific devices that are relevant to a critical reading of Night
  • Critical thinking - analyze specific passages from Night to identify which literary devices are used there in terms of their purpose and effect
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of literary devices in Night to critically read key passages from the novel

Additional Learning

For a broader overview of this subject, review the corresponding lesson called Literary Devices in Night by Elie Wiesel. In this lesson you will learn about:

  • The background on the novel Night
  • What a literary device is
  • Specific literary devices used in Night
  • How to recognize literary devices in fiction