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Etty Hillesum
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Early in her writings, Etty says that she finds Spier intriguing and she is impressed with what?

3. Hillesum writes that on Sunday, June 14, 1941 the German government begins to round up and ____________ the Jews.

4. Etty admits certain weaknesses, mostly having to do with what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Etty's opinion of marriage for herself? Why might she feel this way?

3. What problem does Etty experience? Why? How does this lead to a discussion of Etty's family?

4. Of what does Etty admit she is guilty? How does this then lead to a spiritual discussion?

5. How does Etty's feelings towards her family begin to change?

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

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

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

9. What is happening to the Jews by June of 1941?

10. What does Etty say about the topic of hatred?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is a great deal of foreshadowing in this book.

Part 1) Describe two instances of foreshadowing. How do you know this is foreshadowing? How is this foreshadowing important?

Part 2) How does this foreshadowing help to prepare Etty for the future? Could she have dealt with her time in concentration camps without this preparation? Why or why not?

Part 3) Describe an event that had been, in some way, foreshadowed. How did that foreshadowing affect you at the time of that event? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Etty learns a great deal from the Jews she meets in Westerbork.

Part 1) Describe the Jews at Westerbork. How are they treated? Why are they treated in this way? What is Etty's role at this time? Is she effective in this role? Why or why not?

Part 2) What does Etty learn from these Jews? How is she affected by this information? Why is she affected in this way? How does this information affect you as the reader?

Part 3) Overall, how are you, as the reader, affected by Etty's story? Why? How might this story affect your actions in the future? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Etty works with women and children at Westerbork.

Part 1) Describe Etty's work with these women and children. How might she have received this role? How might she be a positive influence for them?

Part 2) How does Etty benefit from working with these women and children? How is this information important to this book?

Part 3) Could Etty have done more for these women and children? If so, how? If not, why not?

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