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Victor Klemperer
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Klemperer report about his wife, Eva's, health?
(a) She is infirm and sickly on a nearly daily basis.
(b) She is generally healthy but occasionally falls ill.
(c) She is confined to a wheelchair.
(d) She is very healthy and never gets sick.

2. What is the truth about the voluntary Nazi political-fund drives?
(a) They are a de facto party membership fee.
(b) They are a de facto mandatory tax.
(c) Jews' participation is mandatory; Aryans' participation is voluntary.
(d) They are indeed voluntary.

3. In 1935, most of the construction on the new house is complete. In what area of the house does Eva spend most of her time working?
(a) The kitchen.
(b) The living room.
(c) The study.
(d) The garden.

4. At what point during classes are professors expected to give the Nazi salute?
(a) At the beginning.
(b) While giving out homework.
(c) At the end.
(d) In the middle.

5. Along with his strongest recommendations to flee Germany, what does Georg give Victor and Eva Klemperer?
(a) A considerable sum of money.
(b) A year's supply of medicine.
(c) Secret information about what Hitler has planned next for the Jews.
(d) Tickets on the next flight out of Germany.

Short Answer Questions

1. What has happened to Klemperer's theory of the essential character of the German nation?

2. With whom is Klemperer involved in a lawsuit during 1933 and 1934?

3. In 1935, which religious group begins experiencing persecution, including lengthy prison terms?

4. On what level do boycotts of Jewish-supplied goods and services occur during 1933?

5. As anti-Jew laws become stricter, what is an example of the type of public facilities from which Jews are excluded in 1936?

Short Essay Questions

1. In 1933, how does Klemperer find the German political situation?

2. What is Victor Klemperer's theory of German national characteristics?

3. What was the significance of the Sturmateilung (SA), the members of which were the primary target of Hitler during the "Night of the Long Knives"?

4. Klemperer also buys a car, which severely strains his finances. What does he do to pay off his debts?

5. In 1933, what kind of news fills the mainstream papers in Germany?

6. What reason does Klemperer give for the phenomenon of families and friends beginning to lose track of each other as people started to emigrate?

7. In 1933, Klemperer notes that many Catholics, Communists, and Jews who are wealthy or who have internationally marketable skills emigrate. What is life like for members of these groups who remain in Germany?

8. During World War I, where did Victor Klemperer serve during combat?

9. What does Klemperer note seems to be happening with the politicized and specialized language of the Third Reich during 1935?

10. Klemperer is amazed that many Jews accept the Nazis. What does he say that Jews' overall belief is regarding what life will be like once the Nazis' anti-Semitic program is fully established?

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