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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 boys' friend that joins them in jumping the Wall?
2. What area does not have land mines according to Pommerer?
3. What does the Narrator travel into East Berlin on?
4. Where have Pommerer's friends in the countryside settled into?
5. Who owns the building in which the Narrator lives?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the story that Pommerer tells the Narrator about the Willy boys and their friend Lutz concerning the Wall?
2. What does the woman with bulging eyeballs who visits Pommerer have to say about solidarity?
3. What is the difference in reporting between West and East German politicians on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan on the evening news?
4. What is the evening of music that Pommerer and the Narrator take in at the Hall of Young Talent like?
5. What does the Wall symbolize to the West Germans?
6. How did Lena's family treat her when she visited with the Narrator in East Berlin?
7. How does the Narrator describe Gerhard Schlater?
8. How is the difference in the importance of the Wall shown in Western and Eastern maps?
9. How does the Narrator describe Robert in Chapter 1?
10. How does Schneider uses the analogy of lovers to explain the German lack of interest in reunification?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Politics play a significant role in the book. Schneider refers to the politics of the East Berlin society of "The Wall Jumper" compared to that of West Berlin. Discuss the use of politics in the novel. How does politics influence the actions of the main characters of the Narrator, Pommerer, and others? Also examine the use of politics in relationships.
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
Love and sexuality between the Narrator and Lena is a recurring theme. How does the Narrator's feelings about love change from the beginning of the novel to its end? In what ways has he expanded his awareness and beliefs? Is sexuality connected to love for the Narrator? How does his feelings for Lena develop and change and how does his relationship with her contrast with that of other women that he has had romantic feelings for or an idealized relationship with?
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