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. What does Klemperer's book <I>LTI</I> deal with?

2. What health condition(s) do both Klemperers appear to have?

3. What kind of car does Klemperer buy after receiving his driving permit?

4. Hitler proclaims compulsory ______________.

5. The government uses various ________ methods to harass Jews and other so-called undesirables.

Short Essay Questions

1. During a trip to Berlin, what does Klemperer learn that encourages him?

2. What punishment does Klemperer receive for violating the blackout, and when does it become effective?

3. What country's civil war is still ongoing throughout 1937?

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

5. 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?

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

7. Toward the end of 1941, Jews begin being deported, en masse, to Poland. What do Klemperer and other Jews believe the deportees' destination is?

8. When Klemperer is let go from his job, his pension is cut and he complains about the reduced pay. What will he eventually think of his pensioned status, and why?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Using the text, analyze and explain whether or not the "long view" of events Klemperer presents in his 1941 diary entries shows that he has become resigned to his, and Germany's, situation under Nazism.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Eva's reported physical activity level with Klemperer's portrayal of her as a near-invalid, and then analyze what might have been the reasons for this discrepancy. Back up your arguments with examples from the text.

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