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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. 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.

2. Etty becomes acutely aware of the individual's responsibility to engage in rigorous _________________.

3. More than once, Etty Hillesum admits doing what?

4. Etty Hillesum had devoted herself to honing her craft. What was her craft?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How is Etty's eating disorder symbolic?

7. Describe the men for whom Etty has feelings.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Etty begins this diary for two reasons.

Part 1) What are these two reasons? What do these two reasons reveal about her? How do these two reasons prepare the reader for her diary?

Part 2) How are these two reasons important throughout the diary? Are other purposes discovered as she creates this diary? Why or why not?

Part 3) If you were to write a diary, what would be your purpose? Why? How could keeping a diary be useful for you and others?

Essay Topic 2

Etty is drawn to self-denial and meditation.

Part 1) Describe these desires. How are these seen at the beginning of the book? How do they change? Why do they change?

Part 2) How does self-denial play a role in her actions? How did this self-denial affect others? Is this self-denial a positive thing? Why or why not?

Part 3) When have you denied yourself something? Why did you do this? How did this affect you? Have you ever meditated or spent time being contemplative? If so, how were you affected?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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