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 1938, Germany annexes __________ in a non-violent political victory known today as the Anschluss.

2. Jews face much stricter rationing than ___________.

3. In the middle of 1938, Jews are required to make their name 'Jewish' for easy identification. What does Victor begin calling himself in order to comply with this requirement?

4. In addition to continuing dental problems, what health problem does Eva suffer from during 1937?

5. Which of the following countries is NOT one of those the Nazis first occupy in 1940?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. After making inquiries into emigration during 1939, what does Klemperer conclude about his efforts to leave Germany?

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

7. The return of what German legion, according to Klemperer, is celebrated in June 1939?

8. Some of Klemperer's diary entries after his move to the ghetto note appreciation for the smallest things in life. What are some examples of small things for which Klemperer expresses his appreciation?

9. In 1937, Klemperer, as always, worried about money. Despite his worry, what does he realize?

10. When the Nazis renovate or make improvements the property they seized from Victor Klemperer, to whom do they send the bill?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Analyze and explain why the conquest of Poland in 1939 caused Klemperer to lose all hope of a rapid German defeat. Use the text to back up your statements.

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