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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. During 1940, so-called mixed-race Jews, who were previously allowed in the military, are:
(a) Sent to the ghettos.
(b) Granted amnesty and given non-Jewish surnames.
(c) Excluded and treated as Jews.
(d) Sent to the concentration camps.

2. What other means of saving money does Victor consider but ultimately discard as unworkable?
(a) Giving up coffee.
(b) Stopping smoking.
(c) Cancelling his newspaper subscription.
(d) Stopping drinking.

3. Credible rumors circulate that Jews in occupied __________ are treated very severely.
(a) Yugoslavia.
(b) Holland.
(c) Czechoslovakia.
(d) Poland.

4. In what month of 1940 does Klemperer send his stamp collection and important papers to his friend Annemarie for safeguarding?
(a) March.
(b) April.
(c) May.
(d) December.

5. In the middle of 1938, Jews are required to make their name 'Jewish' for easy identification. What does Victor begin calling himself in order to comply with this requirement?
(a) Jude-Victor.
(b) Israel-Victor.
(c) Victor-Jude.
(d) Victor-Israel.

Short Answer Questions

1. Some bombings are particularly devastating to Berlin and:

2. Jewish bank accounts are _____________ and ready cash is seized.

3. Which local German official begins a program of harassment against the Jews that results in fines levied against the Klemperers for things such as weeds in their yard?

4. In addition to Jews and Catholics, what group of people comes under discrimination in 1938?

5. In 1939, what is issued to the Jews?

Short Essay Questions

1. What brings Klemperer to believe that most Germans have always been, somewhat, anti-Semitic.

2. The return of what German legion, according to Klemperer, is celebrated in June 1939?

3. Why does the Nazi regime imposes a 'billion-Mark' fine on Jewish citizens in 1938?

4. In what part of 1940 does the expansion in scope of the war become particularly marked?

5. What country's civil war is still ongoing throughout 1937?

6. As 1940 progresses, which continent becomes entirely involved in World War II?

7. After making inquiries into emigration during 1939, what does Klemperer conclude about his efforts to leave Germany?

8. For what kinds of property issues do the Klemperers find themselves harassed by the city during 1937?

9. Klemperer says that during 1940 the black market flourishes and that war profiteering is commonplace. What does this mean in terms of day-to-day personal and business transactions?

10. What November 1938 event forced even those Jews who were most resolutely in denial (among them Klemperer) to finally come to terms with the genocidal hatred of Hitler?

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