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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 best describes Childan's overall opinion of the Germans?
(a) Gratitude
(b) Admiration.
(c) Distrust.
(d) Anger

2. At the start of Chapter 6, Juliana attributes the healthier appearance of the Germans as depicted in a magazine article as proof of _____________.
(a) Technological advancements.
(b) Effective propaganda techniques.
(c) A healthier diet.
(d) A rigid military training.

3. How have Frank's feelings for the Japanese changed over the years?
(a) From indifference to adoration
(b) From fear to amusement
(c) From hate to acceptance.
(d) From respect to disgust.

4. How would you describe the feelings attached to Juliana's and Joe's memories of "living under the Nazis"?
(a) They are the result of psychotherapy.
(b) They are defined by their experiences.
(c) They are the product of brainwashing.
(d) They are influenced by their careers.

5. How does Ramsey feel about Tagomi's request that he select the gift for Baynes?
(a) Stunned.
(b) Hurt.
(c) Honored.
(d) Afraid.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Baynes make clear to Tagomi in Chapter 5 about Mr. Yatabe's visit?

2. What is rumored about Germany that concerns both Tagomi and Juliana?

3. What word best describes Wyndam-Matson's reaction when Rita tells him about The Grasshopper Lies Heavy?

4. What does the reader learn about Albert Speer's approach to revitalizing the USA, as evidenced in New York City?

5. How does Wyndam-Matson's feel about "historicity"?

Short Essay Questions

1. The Kasouras seem to be obsessed with the American way and their American guest and go out of their way to treat him as an equal. How is this demonstrated? What aspect of early 1960s America does this reflect?

2. Chapter 9 repeats a technique used by Philip Dick in earlier chapters. He presents multiple characters and scenarios within a single chapter. What three scenarios are presented, and who is included in each? How does Dick attain a sense of unity despite the differing scenarios?

3. Abendsen notes that Juliana has an unnatural mind and should be the one to ask The Oracle why it wrote the novel. To what does he credit her special understanding of The Oracle? How does The Oracle respond to her question?

4. 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?

5. Paul sees The Grasshopper Lies Heavy as being "possibly within the genre of science fiction." Betty disagrees because "science fiction deals with the future, in particular where science has advanced over now." Paul notes, however, that "it deals with an alternate present" as many well-known science fiction novels do. How do their definitions fit into the classifying of The High Castle as science fiction? Is there anything you would add to their definition?

6. Back in the park, Tagomi thinks of his perception of the world as an optical distortion saying, "our space and our time creations of our own psyche, and when these momentarily falter ... all sense of balance is gone." What does this mean? How does it relate to Tagomi's present state of mind?

7. 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?

8. What is Childan's plan when he makes an appointment with his supplier, Ray Calvin? What does this further reveal about his character? Do you feel this is a realistic reaction?

9. As Chapter 15 opens, Wegener thinks there is "no reason to be optimistic." Why does he have such a negative point of view? What are some specific things he feels pessimistic about? Are his feelings justified?

10. 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?

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