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 1939, what is issued to the Jews?

2. What makes food and commercial items increasingly difficult to obtain as 1939 progresses?

3. In addition to Jews and Catholics, what group of people comes under discrimination in 1938?

4. Which two countries enter the war in 1939, along with Poland?

5. What city does Gusti Weighardt write the Klemperers she is moving to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Klemperer says that during 1940 the black market flourishes and that war profiteering is commonplace. What does this mean in terms of day-to-day personal and business transactions?

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

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

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

7. Why does the Nazi regime imposes a 'billion-Mark' fine on Jewish citizens in 1938?

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

9. What country's civil war is still ongoing throughout 1937?

10. As 1938 progresses, what form of resistance against the Nazis is occasionally reported?

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

Compare and contrast Klemperer's belief that an amphibious landing in England is impossible with the successful amphibious landings on D-Day. Use the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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