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. When Paul von Hindenburg dies in August 1934, which office does Hitler assume in addition to that of Chancellor?

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. What race was Helene Meyer, who won the silver medal in fencing for Germany?

4. What is the "Night of the Long Knives" referred to as by Klemperer?

5. At what point during classes are professors expected to give the Nazi salute?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Klemperer learn to type in 1935?

4. 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?

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. As a university professor, what relationship does Klemperer notice developing between Nazi politics and ideology?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Using the text as your backup, either prove or disprove Klemperer's 1939 statement that Nazi science long ago ceased to correspond to any reality.

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