1. Why was denial so persistent among the Jewish community? optimism?
2. Why does Eli lose his faith? How do suffering and loss of faith correlate? increase or decrease?
3. Why are the roles of perpetrators so difficult to understand in the book? victims may be the same.
4. Why does Eli become mad at his father instead of the Kapo when he is beaten by an iron bar? on page 52
Response to Adam
Our questions were basically the same as both focused on how suffering can lead to a loss of faith. However, mine focused more on how faith can either increase or decrease depending on suffering and not how it can aid someone through suffering. These questions are important for students to focus on because it forces them to put themselves in the authors shoes. Only then will they know how their own faith would be tested. Also, faith is reiterated many times through the beginning of the book and influences Elies decisions.
I took an entire class on how to teach difficult topics within the classroom and Night became a central focus throughout the entire semester. This particular book forces students to look at the dangers of genocide and feel empathy for the main character. It is important when teaching topics like the Holocaust to have students realize the suffering and mistreatment of others during this time. As a teacher I definitely want to focus on creating a classroom in which the students are not afraid or nervous to talk about such difficult topics.