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. Why do family members and friends among the groups who are discriminated against by the Nazis begin to lose track of each other?

2. In 1935, most of the construction on the new house is complete. In what area of the house does Eva spend most of her time working?

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

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

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

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

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

4. Upon what--and for what reason--is the lawsuit between Klemperer and his publisher based?

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

6. 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"?

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

8. 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?

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

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

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

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

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.

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