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. Who do neighbors shun in favor of those who struggle against publishers and the party?

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

3. Where have Pommerer's friends in the countryside settled into?

4. Where does the Narrator meet his friend from East Berlin to play pinball?

5. When the Narrator moves to Berlin, what has just gone up?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Schneider uses the analogy of lovers to explain the German lack of interest in reunification?

2. What does the Narrator notice about Soviet propaganda compared to that of the West while traveling with Pommerer?

3. What do neighbors in the German countryside gather to discuss that the Narrator observes?

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does the Narrator view the East from the S-Bahn train station?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pommerer and The Narrator are two of the most active characters in discussing their social and political beliefs.

Part 1) What is their relationship? How do they co-exist and how do they interact? What is similar about them and what is different?

Part 2) What are some events that Pommerer had a direct influence upon? What are some events that The Narrator had a direct influence upon?

Part 3) Which character offers support or sympathy to people that attempt to jump the Wall? Which one is stronger and why?

Essay Topic 2

Journalism and media reporting are important for the spread of information in "The Wall Jumper". Can the media report without bias? Choose 1-2 examples and show where the media reveals a bias. How is this similar or different to the viewpoint of the Narrator?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Lena. What is her role in the story? What was Schneider trying to accomplish by creating the Lena' character in the novel?

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