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 pain do West Germans no longer feel strongly?

2. From what direction does Kabe jump the Wall?

3. Who does the Narrator meet in East Berlin that is forbidden to publish?

4. In what building does Lena find peace in that politics has not touched?

5. In the Narrator's dream, what does he fall overboard from?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How do Pommerer and the Narrator differ on their views regarding East and West Germany and change?

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. How does the Narrator describe Kabe?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of the Wall? When was the Wall erected? How does it divide Berlin? How does it divide the people of Berlin? What does the Wall symbolize? What international relationships are changed as a result? Who gains or loses power?

Essay Topic 2

Schneider powerfully portrays the theme of mental conditioning in Berlin. West Berlin residents consider themselves superior to their neighbors in the East. How are the Germans conditioned? What do they believe? What are they afraid of? Examine this theme in relationship to the quote by Schneider, "Where does the state end and the self begin? How far are we conditioned by the place we are born in?"

Essay Topic 3

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?

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