The Wall Jumper Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Peter Schneider (writer)
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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. How does Kabe fool his government?

2. Who rarely meet outside the Narrator's building but can be distinguished by noise?

3. What causes the arrest of the Eastern boys?

4. What do Western publicity folk strive to avoid according to the Narrator?

5. What is the UN resolution on the evening news about that the Narrator watches on television?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Narrator describe Gerhard Schlater?

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

3. What does the woman with bulging eyeballs who visits Pommerer have to say about solidarity?

4. How does Kabe outwit both the East and West German governments?

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

6. How do the DDR and the Western television reflect bias when it comes to news reporting?

7. What are the Narrator's neighbors in Berlin like?

8. How does the Narrator describe Kabe?

9. 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?

10. What does the Wall symbolize to the West Germans?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of the Wall? When was the Wall erected? How does it divide Berlin? How does it divide the people of Berlin? What does the Wall symbolize? What international relationships are changed as a result? Who gains or loses power?

Essay Topic 2

The two belief systems of capitalism and socialism are pitted against each other frequently in "The Wall Jumper". Identify examples of each. In what ways is the Narrator attracted to the capitalist system versus the socialist system and vice-versa? Is it surprising that people jump the Wall on both sides? Discuss in relation to the stories shared by the Narrator and Pommerer.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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