The Wall Jumper Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Peter Schneider (writer)
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In what building does Lena find peace in that politics has not touched?

2. Who is the Narrator's first landlord in Berlin?

3. On his first visit to the wall, what does the Narrator watch?

4. Who do the artists in the countryside that the Narrator meets criticize that lost the privilege of going abroad?

5. What does the Narrator travel into East Berlin on?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the similarity in the news reporting of the strike in Poland that both Pommerer and the Narrator observe?

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

3. How does Bolle become an agent for the Stasi?

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

6. What does Pommerer observe about the DDR leadership and the reconstruction of East Berlin?

7. Describe the Narrator's first encounter with Frieda in his apartment building.

8. How is the Narrator more aware after the East Berlin visit?

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

10. What is the difference in reporting between West and East German politicians on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan on the evening news?

Essay 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

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.

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