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 boys' friend that joins them in jumping the Wall?

2. What did Kabe claim was too quiet not to jump?

3. What is the UN resolution on the evening news about that the Narrator watches on television?

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

5. On maps, what does the Narrator notice is missing in West Berlin?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the evening of music that Pommerer and the Narrator take in at the Hall of Young Talent like?

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

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

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

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

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

7. How did Lena's family treat her when she visited with the Narrator in East Berlin?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 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

Consider this quote, "This stillness probably ties in with the Germans' habit of hearing their own noise through their neighbors' ears--a consideration which even three-year-olds are taught to show," (Chapter 1, pg. 16.) How does this reveal the culture in which East Germans lived? What does this say about their society? Compare and contrast in relationship to West Berlin and Western society as a whole at the time.

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