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. In what building does Lena find peace in that politics has not touched?
2. Who is the Narrator's first landlord in Berlin?
3. On his first visit to the wall, what does the Narrator watch?
4. Who do the artists in the countryside that the Narrator meets criticize that lost the privilege of going abroad?
5. What does the Narrator travel into East Berlin on?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the similarity in the news reporting of the strike in Poland that both Pommerer and the Narrator observe?
2. How has television affected the culture of the two German societies?
3. How does Bolle become an agent for the Stasi?
4. 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?
5. How does the Narrator view the East from the S-Bahn train station?
6. What does Pommerer observe about the DDR leadership and the reconstruction of East Berlin?
7. Describe the Narrator's first encounter with Frieda in his apartment building.
8. How is the Narrator more aware after the East Berlin visit?
9. How is the difference in the importance of the Wall shown in Western and Eastern maps?
10. What is the difference in reporting between West and East German politicians on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan on the evening news?
Essay Topic 1
One of the main themes in the book is ethical and social responsibility. List at least four examples where Schneider employs this specific theme. Is the battle between making ethical choices obvious or subtle? What characters are involved in this kind of battle? Do you think the right person or group won? Does good always triumph over evil in the case of "The Wall Jumper" ethics? Where do these definitions appear vague or incomprehensible?
Essay Topic 2
The Narrator uses more than one iteration on the theme of loss. Identify at least two themes about loss in the stories he shares in "The Wall Jumper". Then cite an example to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
Love and sexuality between the Narrator and Lena is a recurring theme. How does the Narrator's feelings about love change from the beginning of the novel to its end? In what ways has he expanded his awareness and beliefs? Is sexuality connected to love for the Narrator? How does his feelings for Lena develop and change and how does his relationship with her contrast with that of other women that he has had romantic feelings for or an idealized relationship with?
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