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 happens to Victor's sister, Grete, after she suffers a mental collapse and a heart attack?

2. What word does Klemperer use for the first time (on April 9, 1939) to describe the German-Italian alliance?

3. How large is the apartment the Klemperers secure in the Dresden ghetto?

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

5. What U.S. town does Betty emigrate to?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what part of 1940 does the expansion in scope of the war become particularly marked?

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. In 1937, Klemperer, as always, worried about money. Despite his worry, what does he realize?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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