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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 Tagomi, what aspect of the German massacre of the Jews caused the Japanese to refuse to participate?
(a) It was costly and dangerous.
(b) It was irrelevant and distracting.
(c) It was barbaric and racist.
(d) It was unsupervised and unholy.

2. What is Childan in the business of selling?
(a) Historic American artifacts.
(b) Local modern art.
(c) Japanese made souvenirs.
(d) Abandoned real estate.

3. To what does Tagomi attribute Ramsey' s tanning by sun lamp?
(a) His desire to be outside.
(b) His desire to fit in.
(c) His desire to meet pretty women.
(d) His desire to improve his health.

4. What does Baynes say they must wait for before he and Tagomi can meet?
(a) Word that the Japanese will pay him.
(b) The arrival of an economic expert.
(c) An elderly man from the Homeland to arrive.
(d) Assurance of military protection.

5. How does the simile, "like a little animal, not important, but smart" describe the way Joe acts?
(a) Alertly and instinctively.
(b) Quietly and spontaneously.
(c) Wildly and spontaneously.
(d) Politely and rationally.

Short Answer Questions

1. What about Frank makes it difficult for him to move to a new territory?

2. What words best describe how Joe views the British?

3. What does Juliana suggest to Joe is the reason for his overall bitter attitude?

4. What does Frank's use of the I Ching suggest about him?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. In Chapter 5, what is further learned about the book The Grasshopper Lies Heavy from Rita's conversation with Wyndam-Matson? How does this conversation create a conflict between them?

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. 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. 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?

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. 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?

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