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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What does Frank's question to the I Ching about Juliana suggest?
(a) He wishes they were still together.
(b) He feels ashamed he never approached her.
(c) He regrets putting wealth above her love.
(d) He wants to avenge her captor.
2. What is it about Ramsey that makes Tagomi unwilling to share all the information about Baynes with him?
(a) He is known to be a gossip.
(b) He is suspected to be a spy.
(c) He is considered lower in social status.
(d) He is said to be friends with Baynes.
3. What are the pincos of Sacramento described as being?
(a) The puppet white government.
(b) The lower class farm laborers.
(c) An underground network of spies.
(d) A powerful mobster organization.
4. What does Frank decide to do as a result of the Oracle's message?
(a) Live life as best he can.
(b) Seek Childan's business advice.
(c) Send a message to Juliana.
(d) Beg to get his job back.
5. What irony exists in Ray Calvin's angry call to William-Matson about Childan's complaint?
(a) Wyndam-Matson works for Childan.
(b) Childan was mastermind of the plan.
(c) Calvin owns W-M Corporation.
(d) Calvin was aware of the truth.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who does Rita note her parents said would have won WW II if he had lived?
2. In Chapter 6, what does Juliana realize Joe has done when she returns to her apartment?
3. In Chapter 4, what does McCarthy encourage Frank to do?
4. What is revealed about Baynes when the young driver tries to make conversation with him in Chapter 5?
5. What rumor does Wyndam-Matson remember that gives him further power over Frank?
Short Essay Questions
1. While at a special session about the possible candidates for the new German Chancellor, Tagomi becomes ill and leaves. What factors cause him to take the chance of being shamed by his abrupt departure?
2. One aspect of science fiction is that there is an element of the real world in it. What similarities can be seen in World War II and its aftermath as related in the High Castle and the history as we know it?
3. When told by the university that "there is a regular industry turning out these fakes," Childan gets angry and insists that this is only a rumor. Why is he in such denial even when the proof lies before him?
4. What do we learn about Hawthorne Abendsen, the author of The Grasshopper Lies Heavy? How does Juliana feel about this novel as compared to Joe?
5. Bigotry is common and accepted without question in the former United States of Philip Dick's world. How does the author reveal this? What seems to be the reason behind this?
6. What do we learn about the German impact on television production and programming in Chapter 6? Of what significance is this to the storyline?
7. What is the source of the conflict Frank faces over his reading of the I Ching? How does he finally interpret this message? What does he decide as a result?
8. Chapter 1 introduces the setting of the novel as being in San Francisco twenty years after World War II. What signs are there that there has been a different outcome to this war from the history as we know it?
9. What new insight does Chapter 5 give the reader into the character of Baynes? What might this be foreshadowing?
10. The voice of the radio quotes from The Bible, "What profit it a man if he gain the whole world but in this enterprise lose his soul?" How does this apply to what we have witnessed of this world in Chapter 1?
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