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 does the Narrator travel into East Berlin on?

2. What do Western publicity folk strive to avoid according to the Narrator?

3. What causes the arrest of the Eastern boys?

4. What do the neighbors of Pommerer's friends in the countryside gather to discuss?

5. What does the woman with bulging eyeballs that meets with Pommerer support?

Short Essay Questions

1. What amazes the Narrator about his cousin's behavior in Dresden?

2. What is Bolle's ultimate fate after he double crosses both intelligence sides?

3. How do Pommerer and the Narrator differ on their views of East and West German workers?

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

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

6. What is the story that Pommerer tells the Narrator about the Willy boys and their friend Lutz concerning the Wall?

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

8. What does Robert observe about capitalism when he goes to check car models with the Narrator?

9. What does the man who approaches Pommerer in the bar tell him about Butterfly?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Lena with Frieda. How are these women similar or different? What gender roles do they follow and what do they oppose? How is Lena's thinking representative of her upbringing? What does she like and dislike about the West? What about Frieda?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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"?

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