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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. It serves humanity better to allow a persecutor to witness another's ________________________.
(a) "Hatred and anger."
(b) "Sadness and utter defenselessness."
(c) "Fear and anxiety."
(d) "Strength and resilience."

2. Why does Etty feel guilty about her life, compared to others?
(a) She has not given to others as much as she would like.
(b) Others are forced to make due with considerably less than her.
(c) She is much more prepared for her future than others.
(d) Others harbor much more fear in their hearts.

3. Etty remains stalwart in what?
(a) Her refusal to take the blame for her guilt.
(b) Her refusal to give up Spier.
(c) Her refusal to place blame on the Germans.
(d) Her refusal to take a negative view of life.

4. Etty's motivations have become unambiguously ______________.
(a) Selfish.
(b) Altruistic.
(c) Strange.
(d) Difficult to understand.

5. Etty knows that it is simply a matter of time before what happens to her?
(a) She is saved.
(b) She is allowed to leave.
(c) She is apprehended and transferred to a camp of some sort.
(d) She attempts to escape.

Short Answer Questions

1. Does Etty accept her own feeling of bearing a burden?

2. At the time of Spier's death, why is Etty not at Westerbork?

3. What is the primary reason Etty gives for deciding to change her plans with Spier, prior to his death?

4. Etty refuses to buckle under what?

5. Etty praises God when?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Etty's beliefs affect her actions regarding her safety?

2. Does Etty realize the threat to her way of life? Does this affect her positive attitude? Explain.

3. What does Etty come to accept, which affects her thoughts, feelings, and obligations?

4. How does Etty's life and beliefs change due to the war?

5. From what does Julius Spier die? How does Etty cope with this?

6. To what does Hillesum resign herself?

7. What is clear by May of 1942?

8. How does Etty feel about the atrocities taking place? How does this also lead to feelings of guilt?

9. What does Etty say about suffering?

10. On who does Etty rely? How does this affect her emotions?

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