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Etty Hillesum
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Etty Hillesum was determined to grow ________________.
(a) Physically.
(b) Mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
(c) Spiritually.
(d) Emotionally and spiritually.

2. Even before reaching Westerbork, Etty Hillesum's ___________ emerges as something independent and infinitely more powerful than her physical self.
(a) Soul.
(b) Heart.
(c) Psyche.
(d) Mind.

3. Etty was a twenty-seven-year-old single woman living where, making her way in the city?
(a) Amsterdam.
(b) Paris.
(c) Budapest.
(d) London.

4. Hillesum first meets Julius Spier, who is sometimes simply referred to as __________ in the diary.
(a) Spier.
(b) Julius.
(c) Jules.
(d) S.

5. Etty feels a certain amount of ___________ toward Spier.
(a) Resentment.
(b) Fear.
(c) Anxiety.
(d) Love.

6. Does Etty have a strong relationship with her mother?
(a) Sometimes.
(b) Yes.
(c) Only early on.
(d) No.

7. Hillesum is ___________; someone who is actively involved in examining the world and her perceptions thereof from the inside out rather than the other way around.
(a) A hopeful.
(b) A finder.
(c) A seeker.
(d) A lover.

8. Early in her writings, Etty says that she finds Spier intriguing and she is impressed with what?
(a) His beliefs.
(b) His intelligence.
(c) His sensuality and power.
(d) His looks.

9. Etty admonishes herself to let go of what things?
(a) Things outside of herself.
(b) Nothing.
(c) All things.
(d) Things inside herself.

10. The diary begins as a way for Etty to do what?
(a) Work through her feelings.
(b) Write down her ideas.
(c) Become famous.
(d) Make money.

11. What serves as a symbol of her materialism?
(a) Etty's clothing.
(b) Etty's eating problem.
(c) Etty's home.
(d) Etty's diary.

12. More than once, Etty Hillesum admits doing what?
(a) Feeling hatred.
(b) Ignoring her own needs in favor of meeting the needs of others.
(c) Ignoring the needs of others in favor of her own needs.
(d) Ignoring all needs and meditating.

13. Hillesum writes that on Sunday, June 14, 1941 the German government begins to round up and ____________ the Jews.
(a) Humiliate.
(b) Scold.
(c) Kill.
(d) Centralize.

14. Much of the discomfort among those living in the house stemmed from what?
(a) People's hatred of the German cook, Käthe.
(b) People's mistrust of the German cook, Käthe.
(c) People's mistrust of the Jewish cook, Käthe.
(d) People's hatred of the Jewish cook, Käthe.

15. What eventually leads Hillesum down the path of physical isolation and often results in illness of one sort or another?
(a) The experience of suppressing her personal needs.
(b) Only caring about her own needs.
(c) Following the directions of the Germans.
(d) Not getting enough sleep or food.

Short Answer Questions

1. Spier is a psychoanalyst who specializes in what?

2. Etty remarks that her lovers have all felt like what?

3. Approximately one month later, Etty Hillesum entreats herself to allow ___________ rather than the opposite.

4. Etty's day-to-day life centers around her work as what?

5. This is the word used by the Germans to refer to the process by which large numbers of Jews were captured from their homes and off the streets and then put into ghettos or camps.

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