The Wall Jumper Test | Final 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. Who helped Pommerer survive the war?

2. What is the subject of the documentary that the Narrator watches with Pommerer?

3. Where is Gartenschläger killed?

4. Where does Bolle erect his device to preach war against the Wall?

5. What does Bolle erect to preach war against the Wall?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Gartenschläger attempt to get a self-triggering robot?

2. How do Robert and the Narrator differ in their view of news reports and their own role in it?

3. How is Gartenschläger caught and killed?

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

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

6. What is the similarity in the news reporting of the strike in Poland that both Pommerer and the Narrator observe?

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

8. Describe the Narrator's first encounter with Frieda in his apartment building.

9. Describe the Narrator's experience at the border with the guards and the man with the dog.

10. What does Robert think of the police's participation in the violence in town?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Politics play a significant role in the book. Schneider refers to the politics of the East Berlin society of "The Wall Jumper" compared to that of West Berlin. Discuss the use of politics in the novel. How does politics influence the actions of the main characters of the Narrator, Pommerer, and others? Also examine the use of politics in relationships.

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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