I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1941 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Victor Klemperer
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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. Victor Klemperer, the diarist, is a ___________ who has converted to _________.

2. What does Klemperer begin to question as 1933 progresses?

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

4. In what month does Klemperer receive his driving permit?

5. What health condition(s) do both Klemperers appear to have?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Klemperer ends his friendship with Gusti and Karl Weighardt because they criticized his driving skills to others. What is ironic about this decision?

4. 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"?

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

6. Why does Klemperer learn to type in 1935?

7. After a lawsuit with his publisher is settled in Klemperer's favor, what does Klemperer do with the money?

8. To what does Klemperer compare the politicized and specialized language of the Third Reich?

9. In pondering the nature of fate, to what does Klemperer compare life?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and explain whether Eva's long illness--as well as Grete's mental breakdown--during 1940 could have been a result of the stress and anxiety of living under the control of the Nazis.

Essay Topic 2

Using the text as backup, list and explain some of the political reasons that could cause a person to be fired from his or her job by the Nazis, as well as what types of individuals found themselves being forcibly expelled from Germany, and why.

Essay Topic 3

Did the Aryans who chose to keep silent during the early days of Hitler's rise to power, rather than voice their opposition to Hitler and his views, enable and/or tacitly support him by their silence? Analyze and demonstrate why or why not, supporting your arguments with examples from the text.

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