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. What is the name of the Eastern boy that Pommerer tells a story about jumping the Wall?

2. Where do Pommerer and the Narrator go to watch jazz?

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

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

5. What does the Narrator notice has been removed from all the vehicles in the West?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the Narrator describe Gerhard Schlater?

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

"The Wall Jumper" is particularly effective in conveying meaning through powerful imagery. Powerful imagery to establish connections in the minds of readers with the story's characters and plot. Imagery is the picture we form in our minds of the story we read. It can involve, visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, kinetic, and kinesthetic. Schneider uses these imagery to translate words into a visual story that we can see and participate in within our minds. Describe the use of imagery in this novel.

Essay Topic 3

Schneider powerfully portrays the theme of mental conditioning in Berlin. West Berlin residents consider themselves superior to their neighbors in the East. How are the Germans conditioned? What do they believe? What are they afraid of? Examine this theme in relationship to the quote by Schneider, "Where does the state end and the self begin? How far are we conditioned by the place we are born in?"

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