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. What does Robert enjoy viewing different models of that the Narrator accompanies to see?

2. Who single-handedly fought against the DDR according to Robert?

3. How do the Western and Stasi superiors differ according to Bolle?

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

5. What is being torn down in the Narrator's neighborhood via urban renovation?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Bolle become an agent for the Stasi?

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

4. Why does Pommerer believe his phone troubles are linked to a protest he did?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe Lena. What is her role in the story? What was Schneider trying to accomplish by creating the Lena' character in the novel?

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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