1. When Elie's mother and sister are told to move to the right, what does this mean? It means that they have been "selected" for extermination. Elie's mother is most likely sent directly to her death because of her older age, and his youngest sister is so young that she is not viewed as a useful worker.
2. Why did the "man" tell Elie and his father to lie about their age? Elie has to lie and say that he is older, and his father has to say that he is younger so that they will be viewed as workers who can survive in the camps rather than being executed immediately.
3. What were the murmurs Elie heard? Elie hears people murmuring about the flames (which were eerily predicted by Madame Schachter) and also about being separated from spouses, children, and other family members.
4. In which direction were Elie and his father directed? They were told to move to the left. These words are significant to Elie because this is when he was separated from his mother and when he saw her and his sister for the last time.
5. What was the mockery? Elie and his father at first see the camp as not being so bad. This is only a false sense of security that will not last long. The Nazis make a mockery of the Jews' trusting nature.
6. Why did Elie call himself spoiled? After Elie and his dad are separated from the rest of the family and are spared execution, Elie considers himself rather lucky because he has shoes, an item that many of the other prisoners do not have the luxury of having.
7. Who is Stein? Stein is related to Elie, and he arrived at the camp before Elie.
8. What lie did Elie tell Stein? Elie tells Stein that he had seen Stein's wife and family before he was deported and that they had escaped and were safe. He can't bear to tell his relative that his family is most likely all dead.
on the jewish new year, what is elie no longer capable of doing?