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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. According to Wyndam-Matson, how does bringing up the past tend to make people feel?
(a) Embarrassed.
(b) Violent.
(c) Frightened.
(d) Sad.

2. What is rumored about Germany that concerns both Tagomi and Juliana?
(a) Germany is about to invade the Pacific States.
(b) Germany is aligning itself with China.
(c) Germany is about to break communication channels.
(d) Germany is going to lose its leader.

3. What is Frank Frink worrying about when the reader first meets him?
(a) Buying a home.
(b) Losing his job.
(c) Finding his friend.
(d) Angering his wife.

4. What makes Juliana question the fact that Joe says he is reading The Grasshopper Lies Heavy?
(a) She never sees him actually reading.
(b) He is an uneducated truck driver.
(c) It is banned where he comes from.
(d) It is approved only for the elite.

5. What does the mystery client encourage Childan to report?
(a) Increased customer demands to his suppliers.
(b) Discovered forgeries to the police.
(c) Missing items to the authorities
(d) Shipping failures to the Trade Commission.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the order in which languages are used in making airline announcements symbolize?

2. While visiting with Tagomi in Chapter 5, what does Baynes feel regret about?

3. What do phrases like "the fussy, brisk voice," "barely polite," and "deliberately mispronounced his name" initially tell us about Tagomi's character?

4. What Axis power is most accepting of The Grasshopper Lies Heavy?

5. What does McCarthy suggest is the reason Frank is initially reluctant to start his own business?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Baynes react to Tagomi's apartment? How do his thoughts and reactions to Tagomi's possessions and comments further define his character?

2. 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?

3. How is the mystery client that comes to place an expensive order with Childan described? What appears to be his real purpose? Who can you assume this client to be, and why is he doing this?

4. Juliana responds to the radio commentary about the potential new Chancellor by saying, "Those murderers are talked about as if they are like the rest of us." Joe responds,"There isn't anything they've done that we wouldn't have done if we'd been in their places." What does Joe mean by this? What proof has Joe offered to support his opinion?

5. What new insight does Chapter 5 give the reader into the character of Baynes? What might this be foreshadowing?

6. In the novel's society, outward appearance is an important part of being accepted. How is this reflected through the characters of Childan and Tagomi as they prepare for important meetings? Do you think there is truth in this practice even today?

7. At the close of Chapter 6, we find Frank and McCarthy excited about starting their jewelry business. Despite this, Frank has some real concerns. Why? Are they legitimate?

8. Childan says of the Kasouras, "these new young people, of the rising generation, who did not remember the days before the war or even the war itself, - they were the hope of the world." What is meant by this? How do the Kasouras appear to prove him right?

9. 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?

10. 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?

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