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. What is the "Night of the Long Knives" referred to as by Klemperer?

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

3. In what month does Klemperer receive a planned termination notice?

4. What type of expensive medical care does Eva require in 1934?

5. Klemperer mistakenly believes the Night of the Long Knives demonstrates what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Victor Klemperer's theory of German national characteristics?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. During World War I, where did Victor Klemperer serve during combat?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the following two concepts:

a) Klemperer's 1938 conclusion that Hitler is a political genius and that the viable existence of German Jews is decidedly short-lived

b) Klemperer's previous years' conclusions about Hitler, the viability of the Nazi Party, and the existence of German Jews.

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

Considering the financial strain--along with the constant anxiety of being the target of state-sponsored discrimination--Klemperer was experiencing by 1936, what purpose might his diary entries about the minutiae of driving have served him? Support your explanation with examples from the text.

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