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Final Essay

Choose one of the following prompts to respond to as your final assessment for this unit.


  • 12 point font, Times New Roman, double-spaced.  2-3 pages in length.

  • At least one quotation from Night for each body paragraph.

  • Follow the conventions of paragraph structure within an essay.

1.  Describe and analyze Elie Wiesel's changing view of God throughout the memoir and how it affected his identity. How did his changing view of God affect the moral decisions that he made? Explain THREE specific examples of this transformation from Elie’s experience beginning in Sighet to his liberation at Buchenwald.

2.  Dehumanization is the process by which the Nazis gradually reduced the Jews to little more than "things" which were a nuisance to them. Explain at least THREE specific examples of events which dehumanized Eliezer, his father, or his fellow Jews.  How does this injustice and lack of respect affect the Jewish people? How does dehumanization reflect the immorality of the Nazi movement?

3. The decisions people make often have a significant impact on their lives.  Think of the decisions Elie Wiesel was forced to make in Night.  Discuss at least THREE decisions Elie made and analyze how those decisions positively or negatively impacted his life and affected his identity and innocence. Explain how the decisions Elie made reflect his values and virtues at the time and how his values change as his circumstances change.

Create your rough draft in your World Literature folder in your Google Drive. Name the file: YourName-NightEssay-RD. Share your rough draft with me by Oct. 10th.

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