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. When the Narrator takes a cab from the station, what does the driver make fun of regarding the West?

2. Whose government does the Narrator find more intrusive on citizen privacy?

3. From what direction does Kabe jump the Wall?

4. What do the travelers heading west look upon the other travelers as?

5. What does the Narrator consider easier to understand than Berlin?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does the Narrator describe Robert in Chapter 1?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the novel's title. What did Schneider mean by calling the book "The Wall Jumper"? Cite an example to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Schneider is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, puns, and irony, briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

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