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 happens to Klemperer's position after he leaves it?

3. What is the truth about the voluntary Nazi political-fund drives?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. As 1933 progresses, on what level and how frequently are Jewish-supplied goods and services boycotted?

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In his 1937 diary entries, Klemperer spends a great deal of time pondering whether the virulent anti-Semitism embodied in Hitler is abnormal or if it is inherent to the national German psyche. Analyze, explore, and demonstrate which of the two options is correct, using the text to support your arguments.

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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