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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 Pommerer learn from the foreigners in 1945?
2. What does Bolle erect to preach war against the Wall?
3. When Bolle is allowed to travel back and forth through Germany and is not arrested for his espionage, what does he become?
4. Who single-handedly fought against the DDR according to Robert?
5. What does the stranger that buys Pommerer drinks want Pommerer to join?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are Lena's relationships with men prior to meeting the Narrator?
2. What does a stranger warn Robert and the Narrator about in the cafe and what happens subsequently?
3. How does the Narrator identify with the German people and not politics?
4. Why does Gartenschläger attempt to get a self-triggering robot?
5. How do Robert and the Narrator differ in their view of news reports and their own role in it?
6. Why does Pommerer believe his phone troubles are linked to a protest he did?
7. How is Gartenschläger caught and killed?
8. When the leather-bound storyteller is found to have graffiti, how does he extricate himself from the clutches of the DDR?
9. What does Pommerer observe about the DDR leadership and the reconstruction of East Berlin?
10. Describe the Narrator's first encounter with Frieda in his apartment building.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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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