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O5: Encountering Evil- Student Response

All questions are from Oyster Academy. Do you think that optimism or pessimism is a more useful emotion/perspective in the world? How would Wiesel respond to this question? I believe Wiesel would say that neither was more useful and that, though optimism might’ve helped people stay a little stronger, almost every Jew in the Holocaust […]

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O4: Encountering Evil – Student Response

All questions from Oyster Academy. Why does Wiesel use quotation marks around the word “normal” on page 11? What impact does this punctuation have on the reader’s understanding of the passage? Wiesel uses quotation marks around “normal” to show that things weren’t actually normal. Things were changing, Relatives were driven out of their homes, which […]

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O3: Encountering Evil – Student Response

All questions are from Oyster Academy. Knowing what happened to the Jews during the Holocaust, how does reading today’s text impact you as a reader? With my knowledge of what happened to the Jews during the Holocaust, reading today’s text (pg. 3-11) is unsettling and sad. At first, it was peaceful, but when Moishe and […]

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O2: Encountering Evil- Student Response

All questions from Oyster Academy. Question 1: Why is it so important to remember the specific details of people’s experiences? It’s important to remember details of people’s experiences because you learn certain events that happened to the victims that no one else may know about, or even be told in a normal lesson about said […]

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O1-Encountering Evil: Discussion Questions

All questions are from O1: Encountering Evil. Question: Why does studying the Holocaust matter? What can studying the Holocaust teach us? Studying the Holocaust matters because we must learn about the mistakes humans have made in the past. Learning about the gruesome incidents that happened in the past can help us understand what the victims […]

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Seeking Justice: Lesson 6 – Discussion Questions

All questions are from Oyster Academy-Seeking Justice: Lesson 6. Question 1: “In what ways is the scene where Jem retrieves his pants similar and different in the film (30:50–32:16) than in the text (pages 62–64)?” To Kill a Mockingbird as a movie and as a book are surprisingly different, but still hold similarities. One of […]