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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 memory of the landlord Omuro being beheaded by the Japanese Mission because of profiteering off ex-servicemen say about the Japanese?
(a) They desire wealth.
(b) They respect the law.
(c) They are cruel to Americans.
(d) They are loyal to their religion.

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

3. Why does Childan send samples of his merchandise to the university?
(a) To save on shipping fees.
(b) To establish a new clientèle.
(c) To verify his client's accusations.
(d) To identify fingerprints on them.

4. What do phrases like "the fussy, brisk voice," "barely polite," and "deliberately mispronounced his name" initially tell us about Tagomi's character?
(a) He is overworked.
(b) He is insecure.
(c) He is arrogant.
(d) He is uneducated.

5. What is Childan upset over as the novel opens?
(a) A store robbery.
(b) An artist's complaint.
(c) An undelivered package.
(d) A missed appointment.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Tagomi, what aspect of the German massacre of the Jews caused the Japanese to refuse to participate?

2. Why does Tagomi feel it would be better if his assistant, Ramsey, selected the gift for Baynes?

3. What does Frank decide to do as a result of the Oracle's message?

4. In Chapter 3, what do we learn about how Juliana Frink makes her living?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. In Chapter 7, the reader learns more about Childan through his dialogue with the Kasouras and through a further glimpse into his inner thoughts. What do we learn about his political and cultural views? What does this say about his character? Are his views justified? Has your opinion of him changed at all since you first met him in Chapter 1?

4. Why is Tagomi shocked when the elderly man shows up for the meeting with Baynes? What concerns does Tagomi share with him? What is the visitor's reaction to these concerns?

5. Chapter 10 focuses on the internal and external conflicts faced by Baynes. What are these conflicts? What do they suggest about his character?

6. One way an author can develop character is through descriptions of physical appearance and behavior. What descriptions does the author give of Wyndam-Matson? How do these descriptions reflect the way he runs his business in regard to such things as his treatment of employees, production, and such?

7. As her concern about Joe and his real identity and intentions grow, Juliana's thoughts revert to Frank. First, she thinks, "Frank. Help me. I'm into something I don't understand." A bit later she informs Joe, "My husband is a Jew." What does this suggest about her feelings about Frank? What is further revealed about her character?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. 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?

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