An Interrupted Life: The Diaries of Etty Hillesum, 1941-1943 Test | Final Test - Hard

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. With what idea does Etty deal?

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

3. HIllesum refuses to blame who for allowing the atrocities against the Jews (and all of humanity) to continue?

4. What else does she address?

5. Etty later grasps the magnitude of her choice not to do what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What has happened to Etty's faith? What does she think about this?

2. What does Etty admit to her friend Ru? How is this significant?

3. What leads to Etty going to Westerbork?

4. What is clear by May of 1942?

5. What has happened to Etty's motivations? How does she support this?

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

7. To what does Hillesum resign herself?

8. What is known about Etty's faith at this time?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Max Kormann is a close friend of Etty's.

Part 1) Describe Max Kormann. How did they become close friends? What do these two people have in common? Use the text to support your response.

Part 2) How is their friendship important? How is it important to Etty's story?

Part 3) Who is one of your close friends? Why? How is this person important in your life?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Etty verbalizes her faith to her friend.

Part 1) Describe Etty's faith and how it changes over time. What causes these changes in her faith? How does this, in turn, affect her thoughts and actions?

Part 2) Why does she verbalize her faith to a friend? How does this affect her? How is this important?

Part 3) In what do you have faith? Why? How does this faith influence your thoughts and actions?

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