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. By the middle of 1937, Victor and Eva are taking long country drives for what purpose?

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

3. Which major World War II battle begins in 1940?

4. During 1940, so-called mixed-race Jews, who were previously allowed in the military, are:

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Early in 1939, on what book does Klemperer begin to work in earnest?

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

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

7. In what part of 1940 does the expansion in scope of the war become particularly marked?

8. As Klemperer fights a daily battle with fear, what is one of the frequent thoughts that he says run through his head?

9. In 1938, the Klemperers make a surprise visit to Grete on her birthday. During this visit, what or who do Grete and Victor reminisce about?

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

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

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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