The Wall Jumper Test | Final Test - Hard

Peter Schneider (writer)
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the Narrator's aunt?

2. What does Pommerer learn from the foreigners in 1945?

3. In West Germany, what does Bolle find that no one is willing to join him in doing?

4. Who helped Pommerer survive the war?

5. Where are strikes occurring that the Narrator watches on television with Pommerer?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Consider this quote, "This stillness probably ties in with the Germans' habit of hearing their own noise through their neighbors' ears--a consideration which even three-year-olds are taught to show," (Chapter 1, pg. 16.) How does this reveal the culture in which East Germans lived? What does this say about their society? Compare and contrast in relationship to West Berlin and Western society as a whole at the time.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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