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

2. Who hires Bolle as a full-time agent after he presents photographs and data from the BRD?

3. Who is the only traveler at the checkpoint that the Narrator sees by the border at Heinrich Heine Strasse?

4. What is everything in the DDR about?

5. Where is Gartenschläger killed?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Bolle's ultimate fate after he double crosses both intelligence sides?

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

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

7. What first attracts the Narrator to Lena?

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

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

10. How does the Narrator identify with the German people and not politics?

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

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 3

"The Wall Jumper" is particularly effective in conveying meaning through powerful imagery. Powerful imagery to establish connections in the minds of readers with the story's characters and plot. Imagery is the picture we form in our minds of the story we read. It can involve, visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, kinetic, and kinesthetic. Schneider uses these imagery to translate words into a visual story that we can see and participate in within our minds. Describe the use of imagery in this novel.

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