The Wall Jumper Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. After 30 years, what rules are significantly differently in the way people act in West and East Berlin?

2. Who remains silent when Pommerer's friends and neighbors complain about censorship?

3. Who clings together in a new life in the West?

4. In the Narrator's dream, what does he fall overboard from?

5. What lying outside the path to the door of the Narrator's building remains the same?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Pommerer and the Narrator differ on their views regarding East and West Germany and change?

2. How does the Narrator describe Kabe?

3. What do neighbors in the German countryside gather to discuss that the Narrator observes?

4. What is the difference in reporting between West and East German politicians on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan on the evening news?

5. How has television affected the culture of the two German societies?

6. How is the difference in the importance of the Wall shown in Western and Eastern maps?

7. What did the early 1960s see in Berlin in terms of escape methods in Berlin?

8. Who is Wolf Biermann, mentioned in Chapter 1, and how is he described?

9. How does the Narrator describe Gerhard Schlater?

10. Describe Berlin from the Narrator's point of view in the airplane.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"The Wall Jumper" is particularly effective in conveying meaning through powerful imagery. Powerful imagery to establish connections in the minds of readers with the story's characters and plot. Imagery is the picture we form in our minds of the story we read. It can involve, visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, kinetic, and kinesthetic. Schneider uses these imagery to translate words into a visual story that we can see and participate in within our minds. Describe the use of imagery in this novel.

Essay Topic 2

Schneider is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, puns, and irony, briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

Essay Topic 3

Consider this quote, "This stillness probably ties in with the Germans' habit of hearing their own noise through their neighbors' ears--a consideration which even three-year-olds are taught to show," (Chapter 1, pg. 16.) How does this reveal the culture in which East Germans lived? What does this say about their society? Compare and contrast in relationship to West Berlin and Western society as a whole at the time.

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