I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1941 Test | Final 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. In addition to Jews and Catholics, what group of people comes under discrimination in 1938?

2. In what month of 1939 are the Klemperers notified that, beginning April 1940, their house will be rented to an Aryan?

3. What U.S. town does Betty emigrate to?

4. Why does Klemperer begin to send out job applications to other countries?

5. When the police search the Klemperers' home in November, what besides books is taken?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What brings Klemperer to believe that most Germans have always been, somewhat, anti-Semitic.

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. In October 1938, Klemperer falls ill and makes a trip to Berlin. Why does he make this trip, and why is it dangerous?

6. In what month of 1940 does the Nazi party take control of the Klemperers' house and evict them?

7. What November 1938 event forced even those Jews who were most resolutely in denial (among them Klemperer) to finally come to terms with the genocidal hatred of Hitler?

8. Whom does Klemperer begin to feel are just like Hitler in their hatred of Jews?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Klemperer discounts his skills in several diary entries throughout I Will Bear Witness, believing them to be neither marketable nor viable outside the German education system. Using examples from the book, analyze and demonstrate whether or not Klemperer's self-assessment of his abilities was accurate.

Essay Topic 2

Considering the financial strain--along with the constant anxiety of being the target of state-sponsored discrimination--Klemperer was experiencing by 1936, what purpose might his diary entries about the minutiae of driving have served him? Support your explanation with examples from the text.

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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