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. From what direction does Kabe jump the Wall?

2. Who fail to curse the uncomfortable shuttle bus after landing at the Schonefield airport?

3. Who do the artists in the countryside that the Narrator meets criticize that lost the privilege of going abroad?

4. What camps are the Eastern boys sent to?

5. How many friends does Lena have that dress differently than others in West Germany?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how the East and West Germans are different at the Schönefield Airport.

2. 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?

3. How did Lena's family treat her when she visited with the Narrator in East Berlin?

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

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

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

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

8. How does the Narrator describe Kabe?

9. How does the Narrator describe Robert in Chapter 1?

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

What is the function of graffiti in "The Wall Jumper"? What does graffiti say about the German socialist system in East Berlin? What does it say about the German capitalist system in West Berlin?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the significance of the novel's title. What did Schneider mean by calling the book "The Wall Jumper"? Cite an example to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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