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Etty Hillesum
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. As part of her therapy, Etty and Spier engage in what?
(a) A kind of dancing.
(b) A kind of arguing.
(c) A kind of wrestling.
(d) A kind of yelling.

3. Etty talks about the importance of living where?
(a) In the past.
(b) In Amsterdam.
(c) In the future.
(d) In the present.

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

5. In February of 1942, several professors and other acquaintances of Etty's are sent where as prisoners of the Nazis?
(a) To Veluwe.
(b) To Belzec.
(c) To the Warsaw ghetto.
(d) To Sachsenhausen.

Short Answer Questions

1. What serves as a symbol of her materialism?

2. Much of the discomfort among those living in the house stemmed from what?

3. What eventually leads Hillesum down the path of physical isolation and often results in illness of one sort or another?

4. Hillesum lives in a house owned by a widower named _________________.

5. By September of 1941, it becomes clear from her diary entries that Etty Hillesum has begun to change _________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What foreshadowing of Etty's future occurs? How does it seem she is preparing herself for this future?

2. How does Etty's faith continue to grow?

3. How does Etty begin to change significantly and radically?

4. Describe the men for whom Etty has feelings.

5. By April 2, 1942, how does Etty feel about Spier?

6. How does Etty feel about men? How does she explain this?

7. What does Etty reveal about Spier? How does Etty, at this point, feel about Spier?

8. What becomes more of a presence? How does this affect Etty?

9. How is Etty's eating disorder symbolic?

10. What does Etty do to become closer to God?

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