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

2. What does Klemperer believe will defeat the Nazis' anti-Semitism?

3. What was the name of the 1935 law that deprived German Jews of their citizenship and rights?

4. Which war begins in August 1936?

5. What does Klemperer report about his wife, Eva's, health?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do the Klemperers appear to be hypochondriacs?

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

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

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

6. What happens to Nazism in Germany during 1934, according to Klemperer?

7. When Klemperer is let go from his job, his pension is cut and he complains about the reduced pay. What will he eventually think of his pensioned status, and why?

8. Why did the Klemperers purchase an empty lot in the Dresden suburb of Dölzschen with the intent of building a house?

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

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose any three of the discriminatory actions legalized by the passage of the Nuremberg Laws of Citizenship and Race and write an essay that analyzes and explains the effect each of the actions that you chose. Explain the effects upon the Jews as well as on non-Jews and the Nazi Party. Use the book to support your statements.

Essay Topic 2

Could Victor Klemperer's incorrect analysis of 1934's political events, in particular his incorrect predictions concerning these events' consequences for Hitler, be an indication that Klemperer was in denial about what was happening to Germany, to Jews, and ultimately to himself? Compare and contrast Klemperer's analysis with the events' actual effect on the power of Hitler and the Nazis over Germany in order to support your opinion. Back up your arguments with citations from the text.

Essay Topic 3

As the time of his release from prison drew near, Klemperer became very fearful, wondering whether he would be released as promised. Analyze and explain whether or not his fears were valid, as well as what might have happened to him if the police had decided not to release him. Support your arguments with examples from the text.

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