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. When was Victor born?

2. Which war begins in August 1936?

3. Why is Klemperer's manuscript of The Eighteenth Century rejected?

4. When Paul von Hindenburg dies in August 1934, which office does Hitler assume in addition to that of Chancellor?

5. What about many Jews' attitude towards the Nazis amazes Klemperer?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. As a university professor, what relationship does Klemperer notice developing between Nazi politics and ideology?

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

6. Why do the Klemperers appear to be hypochondriacs?

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

8. In a July diary entry, what does Klemperer wonder about himself?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Klemperer's belief that an amphibious landing in England is impossible with the successful amphibious landings on D-Day. Use the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

In a July 1936 diary entry, Klemperer wonders, "What was I, what am I?" (p. 175). Supporting your arguments from the text, analyze Klemperer's statement and then answer it for him.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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