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 1940, war _________ commonplace.

2. In which city does Klemperer note that Jews are rumored to have been forcibly relocated to ghettos?

3. What U.S. town does Georg emigrate to?

4. What does Klemperer do with the papers he does not send for safekeeping?

5. In what month of 1939 are the Klemperers notified that, beginning April 1940, their house will be rented to an Aryan?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In 1936, Klemperer expresses the opinion that the outcome of the Spanish Civil War will signal the future of the Nazi government. Was he correct? Compare and contrast the outcome of the Spanish Civil War to the fate of the Nazi government, and use the text as backup for your opinion.

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

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.

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