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 is the Narrator's aunt?

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

3. Who did Pommerer's family fear would rape them?

4. What has taken too long to finish according to Pommerer in East Berlin that makes him angry?

5. Why do the Narrator and Robert have to leave the cafe near the Kurfürstendamm?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the similarity in the news reporting of the strike in Poland that both Pommerer and the Narrator observe?

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

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

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

7. What is the difference in the experiences that Pommerer and the Narrator have in 1945 with the Russians and Americans respectively?

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

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

10. What first attracts the Narrator to Lena?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Compare and contrast Lena with Frieda. How are these women similar or different? What gender roles do they follow and what do they oppose? How is Lena's thinking representative of her upbringing? What does she like and dislike about the West? What about Frieda?

Essay Topic 3

"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?

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