The Wall Jumper Test | Final 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 does Robert find always falls outside of himself when he considers events and motives?

2. Who arrives to distribute food and supplies in 1945 where the Narrator resides?

3. What does the DDR employ along the border that Gartenschläger wants to have?

4. When Gartenschläger climbs up and removes a comrade along the border, what does he luckily avoid sniping?

5. What does Robert think is a fairy tale for those who choose to not know better?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the Narrator identify with the German people and not politics?

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

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

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

6. How does Bolle become a double agent for the DDR?

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

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

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

10. How does Bolle end up in the French legion in Corsica?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"The Wall Jumper" is written primarily in the first-person point of view of the Narrator. Is this point of view more or less effective than telling the story from the third-persona and omniscient perspective?

Essay Topic 2

Love and sexuality between the Narrator and Lena is a recurring theme. How does the Narrator's feelings about love change from the beginning of the novel to its end? In what ways has he expanded his awareness and beliefs? Is sexuality connected to love for the Narrator? How does his feelings for Lena develop and change and how does his relationship with her contrast with that of other women that he has had romantic feelings for or an idealized relationship with?

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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