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 was Victor born?

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

3. In which war does Italy become involved toward the end of 1935?

4. On what level do boycotts of Jewish-supplied goods and services occur during 1933?

5. As of 1936, for how long has Klemperer been unemployed?

Short Essay Questions

1. In mid-May 1936, what change does Klemperer make in his diary?

2. Klemperer also buys a car, which severely strains his finances. What does he do to pay off his debts?

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

4. 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?

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

6. Why does Klemperer learn to type in 1935?

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

8. Why do the Klemperers appear to be hypochondriacs?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using examples from the text, analyze and explain why the poor economic climate in the early 1930s helped facilitate the Nazi Party's rise to power in Germany.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Choose any three of the discriminatory actions legalized by the passage of the Nuremberg Laws of Citizenship and Race and write an essay that analyzes and explains the effect each of the actions that you chose. Explain the effects upon the Jews as well as on non-Jews and the Nazi Party. Use the book to support your statements.

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