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. With what type of inmates are prisons over-capacity?

2. What did groups against whom the Nazis discriminated, if they had wealth or internationally desirable skills, do?

3. Klemperer finds the costs of maintaining the car to be extremely ______________.

4. What is one interesting example of Nazi indoctrination noted by Klemperer in his 1936 entries?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. As Klemperer fights a daily battle with fear, what is one of the frequent thoughts that he says run through his head?

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

3. Klemperer spends time during 1939 considering the relationship between Jews and the historic German nation. What is his conclusion?

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

5. Why does the Nazi regime imposes a 'billion-Mark' fine on Jewish citizens in 1938?

6. In what month of 1940 does the Nazi party take control of the Klemperers' house and evict them?

7. As 1940 progresses, which continent becomes entirely involved in World War II?

8. Why does Klemperer learn to type in 1935?

9. What brings Klemperer to believe that most Germans have always been, somewhat, anti-Semitic.

10. When the Nazis renovate or make improvements the property they seized from Victor Klemperer, to whom do they send the bill?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Using examples from the text, analyze and explain why the poor economic climate in the early 1930s helped facilitate the Nazi Party's rise to power in Germany.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and explain why the conquest of Poland in 1939 caused Klemperer to lose all hope of a rapid German defeat. Use the text to back up your statements.

Essay Topic 3

Klemperer discounts his skills in several diary entries throughout I Will Bear Witness, believing them to be neither marketable nor viable outside the German education system. Using examples from the book, analyze and demonstrate whether or not Klemperer's self-assessment of his abilities was accurate.

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