The Wall Jumper Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 name of the Eastern boys' friend that joins them in jumping the Wall?

2. What is the name of the Eastern boy that Pommerer tells a story about jumping the Wall?

3. Where does the Narrator exit from the metro into East Berlin?

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

5. Who owns the building in which the Narrator lives?

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. How does the Narrator describe Gerhard Schlater?

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

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

5. How does the Narrator describe Kabe?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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