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. The Nazis call the invasion of which country off?

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

3. Some bombings are particularly devastating to Berlin and:

4. Although all of the Klemperers are suffering from ill health and depression in 1940, what specifically happens to Grete?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and explain whether Eva's long illness--as well as Grete's mental breakdown--during 1940 could have been a result of the stress and anxiety of living under the control of the Nazis.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

On page 130 of I Will Bear Witness, Klemperer quotes his dentist as saying that the Nazis "have broken their word to everyone, except to the Jews." Explain why this statement is either correct or incorrect, using the text as proof.

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