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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 word would sum up Frank's opinion of McCarthy?
(a) Jealousy.
(b) Respect.
(c) Amusement.
(d) Distrust.

2. What does the reader learn about Albert Speer's approach to revitalizing the USA, as evidenced in New York City?
(a) It employs Japanese immigrants.
(b) It purchases devalued stocks.
(c) It eliminates economic competition.
(d) It exploits natural resources.

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. Because he is Swedish, who does Tagomi believe Mr. Baynes will probably politically favor?
(a) Germans.
(b) Americans.
(c) No-one.
(d) Japanese.

5. What does the author use to establish the relationship between Frank and McCarthy, his foreman?
(a) First person point-of-view.
(b) Conversational dialog.
(c) Another character's observations.
(d) Physical description.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does Tagomi attribute Ramsey' s tanning by sun lamp?

2. When Childan returns to his office in Chapter 4, who does the client waiting for him claim to represent?

3. In Chapter 4, what does McCarthy encourage Frank to do?

4. What does Childan's mystery client wish to purchase?

5. What image set forth in The Grasshopper Lies Heavy seems to upset Joe the most?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. In Chapter 1, the author introduces the characters of Mr. Tagomi and the Kasouras as clients of Childan through the juxtaposition of conversations he has with each. What do we learn about each as a result? How do these clients compare?

4. What appears to be the source of Juliana's depression at the start of Chapter 3? Why might this be considered to be ironic?

5. In Chapter 4, Frank speaks of Gresham's Law. What does this law suggest? How does Childan's reaction to the discovery about some of his merchandise reflect his understanding of the importance of this law?

6. 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?

7. In Chapter 5, Tagomi tells Baynes that many books like the I Ching and The Bible are alive. What does he mean by this? How does this appear to be supported in the text up to the close of this chapter ?

8. 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?

9. Despite initiating a relationship with Joe, whom she finds attractive, Juliana begins to feel uncomfortable around him. Why? What might this be foreshadowing?

10. 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?

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