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. Etty's faith in God has grown exponentially. Is this off-putting to her?

2. Why does Etty do what she does after Spier's death?

3. This act of verbalizing to another person is what for Etty?

4. Why does Etty feel guilty about her life, compared to others?

5. Etty prefers to "be there for everyone" rather than do what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Etty say about suffering?

2. To what does Hillesum resign herself?

3. Does Etty believe that she should appear strong? Why or why not?

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

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

6. Why does Hillesum decide she would rather not marry Spier?

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

8. What happens to Etty after Spier's death?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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