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. How does the Nazi party come to power in January 1933?

2. Who was killed during the Night of the Long Knives?

3. What does Klemperer teach at the university where he works?

4. In which town have the Klemperers purchased an empty lot?

5. The politicized and specialized language of ________________ continues to seep into common, everyday usage.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why do the Klemperers appear to be hypochondriacs?

8. As 1933 progresses, on what level and how frequently are Jewish-supplied goods and services boycotted?

9. After a lawsuit with his publisher is settled in Klemperer's favor, what does Klemperer do with the money?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the following two concepts:

a) Klemperer's 1938 conclusion that Hitler is a political genius and that the viable existence of German Jews is decidedly short-lived

b) Klemperer's previous years' conclusions about Hitler, the viability of the Nazi Party, and the existence of German Jews.

Use the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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