I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1941 Test | Lesson Plans 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 believe will defeat the Nazis' anti-Semitism?

2. ___________ worries consume Klemperer in nearly every diary entry of 1936.

3. Klemperer often deplores ____________ who knowingly support the Hitler government.

4. Hitler proclaims compulsory ______________.

5. When Klemperer's youngest sister, Wally Sussman, dies, in what city is the funeral held?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what part of 1940 does the expansion in scope of the war become particularly marked?

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

3. For what kinds of property issues do the Klemperers find themselves harassed by the city during 1937?

4. What is Victor Klemperer's theory of German national characteristics?

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

6. To what does Klemperer compare the politicized and specialized language of the Third Reich?

7. In 1937, what is the conclusion that Klemperer draws about Hitler and the resilience of the Nazis?

8. What were one of the requirements of Palestine's immigration policies that made it difficult for Jews to emigrate there?

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

10. In 1933, how does Klemperer find the German political situation?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

In his 1937 diary entries, Klemperer spends a great deal of time pondering whether the virulent anti-Semitism embodied in Hitler is abnormal or if it is inherent to the national German psyche. Analyze, explore, and demonstrate which of the two options is correct, using the text to support your arguments.

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