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. ___________ worries consume Klemperer in nearly every diary entry of 1936.

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

3. Both Victor and Eva appear to be _____________ much of the time in the entries written in 1936.

4. In what month of 1934 do the Klemperers move into their home in Dölzschen?

5. When school resumes in November, what happens to Klemperer's career?

Short Essay Questions

1. What punishment does Klemperer receive for violating the blackout, and when does it become effective?

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

3. In 1939, what does Klemperer say the purpose of his diary is?

4. As 1938 progresses, what form of resistance against the Nazis is occasionally reported?

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

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

7. Why do the Klemperers appear to be hypochondriacs?

8. 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?

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

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

Essay 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

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

Compare and contrast Eva's reported physical activity level with Klemperer's portrayal of her as a near-invalid, and then analyze what might have been the reasons for this discrepancy. Back up your arguments with examples from the text.

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