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

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

3. What camps are the Eastern boys sent to?

4. What area does not have land mines according to Pommerer?

5. What causes the arrest of the Eastern boys?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does the Narrator describe Kabe?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

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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