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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 McCarthy tell Frank he has a plan to get for their business?
(a) Approval from the Japanese Ministry.
(b) Materials from an old friend.
(c) Shop space from an uncle.
(d) Financing from their former boss.

2. What image set forth in The Grasshopper Lies Heavy seems to upset Joe the most?
(a) The USA as a weakling.
(b) Germany as a hero.
(c) Japan as greedy.
(d) Italy as a traitor.

3. What is the Nuremberg Law responsible for as revealed through Juliana?
(a) The rise in farming back East.
(b) The separation of her and her husband.
(c) The fighting between Japan and Germany.
(d) The expulsion of Jews in New York.

4. What does Frank's question to the I Ching about Juliana suggest?
(a) He wishes they were still together.
(b) He wants to avenge her captor.
(c) He feels ashamed he never approached her.
(d) He regrets putting wealth above her love.

5. How are Tagomi and Childan similar?
(a) They are seeking social equality.
(b) They are involved in secret missions.
(c) They are concerned with outward appearances.
(d) They are feared by their peers.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the mystery client encourage Childan to report?

2. What is Childan upset over as the novel opens?

3. As Chapter 2 opens, what is Tagomi consulting the I Ching about?

4. What does Baynes say they must wait for before he and Tagomi can meet?

5. What makes Juliana certain she and Joe could never be part of the colonization on other planets?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How do Childan's and Frank's perception of the Germans and the Japanese differ? What motivates these views?

3. 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?

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

5. In Chapter 3, what suggestion is the author making by putting Hitler in a sanitarium and then noting that the present world in this novel is the product of his mind? What similarities are seen in the thoughts of Juliana and Baynes to support this view?

6. 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?

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. 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?

9. Compare the reactions of Childan, Calvin and Wyndam-Matson to the discovery of the fake guns. What point does the author seem to be making about the business world as he sees it?

10. 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?

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