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. What does Klemperer call the building in which their apartment is located?

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

3. In his entries of 1938, what health problem does Victor fret about?

4. Bombings occur in the West, then in Berlin, and then occasionally in:

5. By what name is the November 1938 pogrom conducted by the Nazis commonly referred to?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In a July 1936 diary entry, Klemperer wonders, "What was I, what am I?" (p. 175). Supporting your arguments from the text, analyze Klemperer's statement and then answer it for him.

Essay Topic 3

Using the text, analyze and explain whether or not the "long view" of events Klemperer presents in his 1941 diary entries shows that he has become resigned to his, and Germany's, situation under Nazism.

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