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 do Eastern and Western broadcasts emphasize?

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

3. What does Pommerer claim that the West is controlled by?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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