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. Throughout 1934, many Jews _________ Palestine.

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. How does Klemperer come up with the money to pay for the initial rounds of construction on his house?

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

5. What has happened to Klemperer's theory of the essential character of the German nation?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. When Georg, Victor Klemperer's brother, sends him money to emigrate, Victor decides not to. Why?

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

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

7. What was the significance of the Sturmateilung (SA), the members of which were the primary target of Hitler during the "Night of the Long Knives"?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

As the time of his release from prison drew near, Klemperer became very fearful, wondering whether he would be released as promised. Analyze and explain whether or not his fears were valid, as well as what might have happened to him if the police had decided not to release him. Support your arguments with examples 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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