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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. Where does the Narrator exit from the metro into East Berlin?
2. What are the two bars in the Narrator's building?
3. Whose existence do BRD politicians deny?
4. Whose company does the Narrator enjoy until he dies at 70?
5. What do BRD politicians emphasize regarding East and West Germany?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Kabe outwit both the East and West German governments?
2. How do Pommerer and the Narrator differ on their views regarding East and West Germany and change?
3. What did the early 1960s see in Berlin in terms of escape methods in Berlin?
4. How does the Narrator describe Kabe?
5. How did Lena's family treat her when she visited with the Narrator in East Berlin?
6. How has television affected the culture of the two German societies?
7. Describe Berlin from the Narrator's point of view in the airplane.
8. What do the artistic neighbors that the Narrator meets with Pommerer in the countryside say about the scientist and the state as compared to writers?
9. What do neighbors in the German countryside gather to discuss that the Narrator observes?
10. What is the difference in reporting between West and East German politicians on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan on the evening news?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Schneider powerfully portrays the theme of mental conditioning in Berlin. West Berlin residents consider themselves superior to their neighbors in the East. How are the Germans conditioned? What do they believe? What are they afraid of? Examine this theme in relationship to the quote by Schneider, "Where does the state end and the self begin? How far are we conditioned by the place we are born in?"
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
Compare and contrast Lena with Frieda. How are these women similar or different? What gender roles do they follow and what do they oppose? How is Lena's thinking representative of her upbringing? What does she like and dislike about the West? What about Frieda?
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