Unit 10: World War II


You will be reading the book NIGHT by Elie Wiesel.   This is an OUT OF CLASS assignment.  You may purchase your own copy of the book or you may use this DIGITAL COPY.
(The actual book text starts on page 28 of this edition)

TASKS: As you read, you will complete the STUDY GUIDES that accompany the book.  You may print the activities and complete them, or you may answer the questions in a GOOGLE DRIVE document and save it in your 4th Quarter folder.

Have all of the STUDY GUIDE activities completed and in class by the DUE date.

                   Chapters 1-2                       Chapters 3-5                            Chapters 6-9     

Be prepared to discuss the book in class in SMALL GROUP and in WHOLE CLASS DISCUSSIONS.

Night begins in 1941 in Wiesel’s Eastern European village of Sighet. As World War II consumes Europe, Wiesel and the other Jews of Sighet still feel safe. An intensely religious young man, Wiesel spends his days studying sacred Jewish texts. By 1944, however, the Germans occupy Sighet and Wiesel’s struggle to survive begins. Wiesel is deported to a Nazi concentration camp where he faces terrifying brutality, the tormenting losses of family and friends, a changing relationship with his father, and an intense challenge to his religious faith. Through young Wiesel’s eyes, readers travel into the hell of Hitler’s death camps and into the darkness of a long night in the history of the human race.


Night takes place in Europe (Romania, Poland, and Germany) during World War II (1939-1945). This war, sparked by German aggression, had its roots in the ending of an earlier war. With Germany’s defeat in World War I, the nation was left with a broken government, a severely limited military, shattered industry and transportation, and an economy sinking under the strain of war debts. Many Germans were humiliated and demoralized.   The Nazi party—in German NAZI stands for National Socialist German Workers Party—came to power in the late 1920s. The party, through its leader Adolf Hitler, offered to restore German pride. At large rallies Hitler spoke of Germany’s long military tradition, its national character, and its entitlement to greatness. To explain Germany’s fallen state, Hitler blamed the Jews and others whom he said were not true Germans. Many Germans responded enthusiastically to Hitler’s ideas, and in 1933 he became chancellor, or leader, of the country. 

Once in power, Hitler was able to restore Germany’s economy and its military. He used that progress to support his expansion efforts, unchecked by Allied countries struggling with the worldwide Great Depression. In 1938 Hitler began invading the lands around Germany.  Britain and France declared war in 1939. The United States did not enter the war until 1941.

In 1941, when Night begins, Hitler seemed unstoppable.By 1942 he controlled or was allied with most of Europe, including Wiesel’s Romania, which was pro-German. As the story progresses, Wiesel is confined in a total of three concentration camps, Auschwitz and Buna, in Poland, and later Buchenwald, in central Germany.

The Public URL for this WebQuest:
WebQuest Hits: 18,230
Save WebQuest as PDF

Ready to go?

Select "Logout" below if you are ready
to end your current session.