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 remarkable difference between West and East-bound travelers at the Schonefield airport?

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

3. When the Narrator moves to Berlin, what has just gone up?

4. Which is NOT an escape method used by people trying to jump the Wall in the early 1960s?

5. From what direction does Kabe jump the Wall?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe how the East and West Germans are different at the Schönefield Airport.

8. How is the difference in the importance of the Wall shown in Western and Eastern maps?

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

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

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

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 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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