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. Instead of raping, what do the foreigners that visit where the Narrator lives in 1945, do instead?

2. What is an indulgent pleasure that the Narrator likes to do in West Berlin?

3. Who single-handedly fought against the DDR according to Robert?

4. What must Bolle learn in the West to earn the right he forfeited earlier?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Bolle end up in the French legion in Corsica?

4. When the leather-bound storyteller is found to have graffiti, how does he extricate himself from the clutches of the DDR?

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

6. How does Bolle become a double agent for the DDR?

7. How is Gartenschläger caught and killed?

8. What does Robert think of the police's participation in the violence in town?

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

10. What first attracts the Narrator to Lena?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Politics play a significant role in the book. Schneider refers to the politics of the East Berlin society of "The Wall Jumper" compared to that of West Berlin. Discuss the use of politics in the novel. How does politics influence the actions of the main characters of the Narrator, Pommerer, and others? Also examine the use of politics in relationships.

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