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. Jews face much stricter rationing than ___________.

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

3. In what month of 1940 does Klemperer send his stamp collection and important papers to his friend Annemarie for safeguarding?

4. Who accompanies the Klemperers to Berlin?

5. What dominates much of Victor's diary entries for 1939?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. As 1940 progresses, which continent becomes entirely involved in World War II?

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

5. In 1939, what does Klemperer say the purpose of his diary is?

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

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

8. 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?

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

Compare and contrast the following two concepts:

a) Klemperer's 1938 conclusion that Hitler is a political genius and that the viable existence of German Jews is decidedly short-lived

b) Klemperer's previous years' conclusions about Hitler, the viability of the Nazi Party, and the existence of German Jews.

Use the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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