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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. Both Victor and Eva appear to be _____________ much of the time in the entries written in 1936.
(a) Angry.
(b) Anxious.
(c) Depressed.
(d) Fearful.

2. What happens to the books that the university library has to surrender to the authorities when said books are deemed to have failed censorship or not be fit for the average person?
(a) They are heavily censored and the authors are forced into Nazi re-education classes.
(b) They are destroyed and the authors are arrested for treason.
(c) They are destroyed and the university receives no compensation.
(d) They are heavily censored and then returned to the university.

3. What has happened to Klemperer's theory of the essential character of the German nation?
(a) He has entirely abandoned it.
(b) He has nearly abandoned it.
(c) He is seriously doubting it.
(d) He is holding tighter to it than ever.

4. With whom is Klemperer involved in a lawsuit during 1933 and 1934?
(a) His employer.
(b) A student.
(c) A fellow author.
(d) A publisher.

5. What is the topic of Klemperer's book, The Eighteenth Century?
(a) It is a review of eighteenth-century art.
(b) it is a review of eighteenth-century German history.
(c) It is a review of eighteenth-century literature.
(d) It is a review of eighteenth-century politics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Before his discharge from the army, where did Klemperer serve?

2. What does Klemperer teach at the university where he works?

3. What is the political orientation of the few newspapers that publish 'real' news?

4. How does Victor Klemperer respond to his brother's advice after considering it?

5. What puts Palestine beyond the reach of many?

Short Essay Questions

1. Toward the end of the year, as the Abyssinian War breaks out in Italy and Jehovah's Witnesses begin being persecuted, Klemperer wonders how long the Hitler government can last. What is the conclusion he comes to?

2. What were one of the requirements of Palestine's immigration policies that made it difficult for Jews to emigrate there?

3. In mid-May 1936, what change does Klemperer make in his diary?

4. When Georg, Victor Klemperer's brother, sends him money to emigrate, Victor decides not to. Why?

5. Upon what--and for what reason--is the lawsuit between Klemperer and his publisher based?

6. 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?

7. Why do the Klemperers appear to be hypochondriacs?

8. Instead of using Georg's money to emigrate, what does Klemperer do with it?

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

10. When Klemperer receives his driving permit in January 1936, what emotions does he experience?

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