In 1988 the Berlin Wall was suddenly pulled
down and East and West Germany were reunited. Andreas Ramos was living
in Demnark at the time and when he heard rumours that the wall was about
to come down he jumped in his car and drove to Berlin. He wrote an account
of his experiences in Berlin and put them on his website dedicated to the
fall of the wall.
|Reading and Writing Assignment|
Go to Andreas'
website and read his account of his experience and answer the following
Go to Andreas'
website and have a look around. When you're ready, listen to this song
about the fall of the wall and answer the following questions.
1. Explain the meaning of the following
words and phrases used in the song. (You won't find them all in a dictionary
so you will have to use your imagination and try and guess the meanings
2. The writer uses the phrase, "the great divide" in the first verse. What 'divide' is he referring to?
- Cold War
- no man's land
3 Look at these lines from the first verse.
"Now those who live on the other side
Can't quite believe it's OK to go through"
Where did the people
the other side' live?
And what is meant by 'to go through' here? Go through what?
4. In the second verse the writer says, "I was born too late to have a say." 'To have a say' means to give your opinion. What is meant here? To have a say about what? And what is meant by 'I was born too late?'
5. How does the writer feel about the Berlin Wall coming down? What does he want to do when he hears the news?
6. Why do you think this song may be called A Hug for the Borderguard?
7. What is the mood of this song? Try and think of three adjectives that describe the mood of this song.