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 seduces Lena but abandons her?

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

3. Over what philosopher do Robert and the Narrator argue that brings them almost to blows?

4. What did the Narrator's uncle do for a living before he died?

5. After hearing Bolle's tale, whose story does Pommerer share with the Narrator in the bar?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. When the leather-bound storyteller is found to have graffiti, how does he extricate himself from the clutches of the DDR?

6. What are some decadent pleasures that the Narrator enjoys in West Berlin?

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

8. What does a stranger warn Robert and the Narrator about in the cafe and what happens subsequently?

9. What does Pommerer observe about the DDR leadership and the reconstruction of East Berlin?

10. What are Lena's relationships with men prior to meeting the Narrator?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Pommerer and The Narrator are two of the most active characters in discussing their social and political beliefs.

Part 1) What is their relationship? How do they co-exist and how do they interact? What is similar about them and what is different?

Part 2) What are some events that Pommerer had a direct influence upon? What are some events that The Narrator had a direct influence upon?

Part 3) Which character offers support or sympathy to people that attempt to jump the Wall? Which one is stronger and why?

Essay Topic 3

What is the significance of the Wall? When was the Wall erected? How does it divide Berlin? How does it divide the people of Berlin? What does the Wall symbolize? What international relationships are changed as a result? Who gains or loses power?

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