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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 is Gartenschläger arrested for stealing?
2. Where does Pommerer live in 1945?
3. What does Robert enjoy viewing different models of that the Narrator accompanies to see?
4. What position did Bolle have in the south that he tired of?
5. What is an indulgent pleasure that the Narrator likes to do in West Berlin?
Short Essay Questions
1. When the leather-bound storyteller is found to have graffiti, how does he extricate himself from the clutches of the DDR?
2. What is Bolle's ultimate fate after he double crosses both intelligence sides?
3. What first attracts the Narrator to Lena?
4. How does the Narrator identify with the German people and not politics?
5. What is the difference in the experiences that Pommerer and the Narrator have in 1945 with the Russians and Americans respectively?
6. What does Robert observe about capitalism when he goes to check car models with the Narrator?
7. What does a stranger warn Robert and the Narrator about in the cafe and what happens subsequently?
8. What does Robert think of the police's participation in the violence in town?
9. How does Bolle end up in the French legion in Corsica?
10. How does Bolle become an agent for the Stasi?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Schneider is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, puns, and irony, briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.
Essay Topic 3
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?"
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