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

2. Where have Pommerer's friends in the countryside settled into?

3. What is the cordoned off section belonging to Hitler that people on both sides of the Wall stare at through binoculars?

4. What does the Narrator consider easier to understand than Berlin?

5. From what direction does Kabe jump the Wall?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Who is Wolf Biermann, mentioned in Chapter 1, and how is he described?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The Narrator uses more than one iteration on the theme of loss. Identify at least two themes about loss in the stories he shares in "The Wall Jumper". Then cite an example to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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