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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) Anger
(b) Admiration.
(c) Gratitude
(d) Distrust.

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) Effective propaganda techniques.
(b) A healthier diet.
(c) Technological advancements.
(d) A rigid military training.

3. Frank sees the Edfrank Jewelry business as, perhaps, a way of ____________.
(a) Improving racial relations.
(b) Remaining socially anonymous.
(c) Getting Juliana back.
(d) Avenging Wyndam-Matson.

4. How is the city of San Francisco described?
(a) As rebuilding from a major earthquake.
(b) As being left in ruins from the war.
(c) As making a strong economic comeback.
(d) As becoming a world cultural center.

5. What does McCarthy suggest is the reason Frank is initially reluctant to start his own business?
(a) Repeated past job failures.
(b) Threats of harming Juliana.
(c) Years of political brainwashing.
(d) Fear of Wyndam-Matson's revenge.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Childan in the business of selling?

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

3. What does Rita, Wyndam-Matson's girlfriend, suggest that he should do to handle the problem which he learned about from Calvin?

4. To what does Tagomi attribute Ramsey' s tanning by sun lamp?

5. What is discovered about his merchandise that causes Childan to lose a major deal?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. While consulting the I Ching, Frank thinks of how "his life was bound up with all other lives and particles in the universe." What does this mean? How might it be applied to Chapter 1 and serve as foreshadowing for the rest of the novel?

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

4. When the police approach Frank and arrest him, Frank thinks, "This is what the times require of us." What does this quote mean? What is the real reason Frank is being arrested? How does this arrest in this society reflect the quote?

5. In Chapter 9, Joe accuses Juliana of being guilty of "worry, fear, and suspicion about him and everything else in the world." In what way is this true? Are her feelings well founded? What might this be foreshadowing?

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. Wegener speaks of the political situation of the Third Reich and its plans for Japan. As he explains what the Japanese must do to protect their own interests and country, Tagomi grows more and more upset. Why, if Wegener is trying to help, is Tagomi so disturbed?

9. 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?

10. Vom Meere tells Reiss he received an anonymous phone call from a Japanese official regarding an appointment with a Swedish industrialist. Who most likely made this call? Why? How does this later impact on him?

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