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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. What do the banners that the Narrator sees in the countryside say about the Soviets?
2. In the Narrator's dream, what does he fall overboard from?
3. What do both sides of the Wall want to call Kabe?
4. What does Pommerer claim that the West is controlled by?
5. What structure zigzags through the city of Berlin?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are the Narrator's neighbors in Berlin like?
2. How does Schneider uses the analogy of lovers to explain the German lack of interest in reunification?
3. How does Kabe outwit both the East and West German governments?
4. What does the woman with bulging eyeballs who visits Pommerer have to say about solidarity?
5. What did the early 1960s see in Berlin in terms of escape methods in Berlin?
6. What do neighbors in the German countryside gather to discuss that the Narrator observes?
7. What is the difference in reporting between West and East German politicians on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan on the evening news?
8. How does the Narrator describe Kabe?
9. How do the DDR and the Western television reflect bias when it comes to news reporting?
10. Who is Wolf Biermann, mentioned in Chapter 1, and how is he described?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
"The Wall Jumper" is written primarily in the first-person point of view of the Narrator. Is this point of view more or less effective than telling the story from the third-persona and omniscient perspective?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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