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 finally has a glimpse of her place where?

2. Julius Spier dies of what in September of 1942?

3. It is at this time that Etty realizes that she and Spier may have no future because of what?

4. Does Etty rise above her bitterness about the truth of the Jews' plight in Holland?

5. Etty praises God when?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What leads to Etty going to Westerbork?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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