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. For how many Fridays do the Eastern boys jump the Wall before they are stopped by the West Berlin patrol?

2. What is the enormous structure in the countryside that the Narrator notices standing out?

3. Instead of outsmarting the State, what did Biermann do that evoked criticism from his peers?

4. Who does the Narrator meet in Lena's family in East Berlin?

5. Where does the Narrator exit from the metro into East Berlin?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Berlin from the Narrator's point of view in the airplane.

5. 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?

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

7. How does the Narrator describe Kabe?

8. What does the Narrator notice about Soviet propaganda compared to that of the West while traveling with Pommerer?

9. What is the story that Pommerer tells the Narrator about the Willy boys and their friend Lutz concerning the Wall?

10. What does the Wall symbolize to the West Germans?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Narrator uses more than one iteration on the theme of loss. Identify at least two themes about loss in the stories he shares in "The Wall Jumper". Then cite an example to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

One of the main themes in the book is ethical and social responsibility. List at least four examples where Schneider employs this specific theme. Is the battle between making ethical choices obvious or subtle? What characters are involved in this kind of battle? Do you think the right person or group won? Does good always triumph over evil in the case of "The Wall Jumper" ethics? Where do these definitions appear vague or incomprehensible?

Essay Topic 3

Tensions between certain characters offer insight into unfolding dramatic events. Pick two important individuals that interact with each other in "The Wall Jumper" and discuss their volatile relationship within the context of historical events. How does their conflict advance a theory or effect if any?

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