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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. This person was the founder of what?

2. What moment became the most important moment?

3. Spier's specialty is commonly known as what?

4. Etty Hillesum was determined to grow ________________.

5. Etty's relationship with her father is somewhat __________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Etty say about evil?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why did Etty begin this diary?

10. Describe the men for whom Etty has feelings.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Etty and her family are transported to Auschwitz.

Part 1) What leads to them being transported to this concentration camp? How is this foreshadowed earlier in the book? How did Etty feel when her family joined her in Westerbork and then in Auschwitz? Why did she feel this way?

Part 2) Why might they have all been sent to Auschwitz? Is there anything that could have been done to prevent this? How does this lead to the end of the story? How does this affect you as the reader?

Part 3) How does Etty's attitude throughout this book help Etty prepare for this tragedy? What can we learn from Etty and her attitude throughout this book?

Essay Topic 2

Etty's trust in God grows.

Part 1) Describe Etty's feelings regarding God at the beginning of her diary. How do they evolve throughout the rest of the book? Why?

Part 2) How does this growth affect her attitude and actions throughout the book? How different might her actions and attitude have been if this trust had not grown?

Part 3) In what or whom do you trust? Why? How does this trust affect you? How does it affect those with which you come into contact?

Essay Topic 3

Etty's parents and brother arrive at Westerbork.

Part 1) Why do they end up at Westerbork? How is Etty affected by this? How does Etty try to help them? Is she successful? Why or why not?

Part 2) What is the fate of this family? Could this have been prevented? Why or why not? What does their fate reveal about the lives of the Jews who were placed in concentration camps during the war?

Part 3) How might you feel if you were in Etty's situation? How would you react if your family joined in your entrapment and suffering?

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