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

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

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

4. How many friends does Lena have that dress differently than others in West Germany?

5. Who clings together in a new life in the West?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does the Narrator describe Gerhard Schlater?

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe some of the settings for "The Wall Jumper". What is the overall setting? How does the city of Berlin change over time? How is the East different from the West? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did the author choose to use these places in "The Wall Jumper"?

Essay Topic 2

In "The Wall Jumper", Schneider's German society shows a conscious selectivity about technology. What do you think of the technology that Gartenschläger tries to steal? Which aspects do you find more or less appealing? How is technology associated with power and rebellion?

Essay Topic 3

Pommerer and The Narrator are two of the most active characters in discussing their social and political beliefs.

Part 1) What is their relationship? How do they co-exist and how do they interact? What is similar about them and what is different?

Part 2) What are some events that Pommerer had a direct influence upon? What are some events that The Narrator had a direct influence upon?

Part 3) Which character offers support or sympathy to people that attempt to jump the Wall? Which one is stronger and why?

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