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. In July 1934, in whose favor is Klemperer's lawsuit settled?

2. With which political ideology is the Klemperers' friend, Gusti Wieghardt, enamored?

3. Along with his strongest recommendations to flee Germany, what does Georg give Victor and Eva Klemperer?

4. In which war does Italy become involved toward the end of 1935?

5. What does Klemperer's book LTI deal with?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When Klemperer receives letters from friends and family who have emigrated and have found success, he is both happy for and envious of them. What is the reason for Klemperer's envy?

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

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

5. In 1933, Klemperer notes that many Catholics, Communists, and Jews who are wealthy or who have internationally marketable skills emigrate. What is life like for members of these groups who remain in Germany?

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

7. 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?

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

10. Why do the Klemperers appear to be hypochondriacs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Klemperer's belief that an amphibious landing in England is impossible with the successful amphibious landings on D-Day. Use the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and explain whether Eva's long illness--as well as Grete's mental breakdown--during 1940 could have been a result of the stress and anxiety of living under the control of the Nazis.

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