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. Whose existence do BRD politicians deny?

2. Who owns the building in which the Narrator lives?

3. What is the enormous structure in the countryside that the Narrator notices standing out?

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

5. What do the banners that the Narrator sees in the countryside say about the Soviets?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Narrator describe Gerhard Schlater?

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

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

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

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

6. How do Pommerer and the Narrator differ on their views regarding East and West Germany and change?

7. How is the difference in the importance of the Wall shown in Western and Eastern maps?

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

9. How does the Narrator describe Kabe?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

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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