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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. How does Mrs. Kasoura seem to Childan?
(a) Attractive.
(b) Bashful.
(c) Intelligent.
(d) Standoffish.

2. As Chapter 2 opens, what is Tagomi consulting the I Ching about?
(a) His upcoming visitor.
(b) His job security.
(c) His physical health.
(d) His romantic future.

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

4. What rumor does Wyndam-Matson remember that gives him further power over Frank?
(a) He is a Slav.
(b) He is a spy.
(c) He is a Jew.
(d) He is a terrorist.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When Childan returns to his office in Chapter 4, who does the client waiting for him claim to represent?

2. What is discovered as being the source of W-M Corporation's real profit?

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

4. What are Frank 's intentions when he returns to the factory?

5. What technique is used in Chapter 4 to introduce the reader to the character of Wyndam-Matson?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the reader learn about the fate of the Slavs and Africans? In what way is Dick continuing to keep his "fiction" tied to reality? What comment might he be making about some of the realities of true USA history?

2. The voice of the radio quotes from The Bible, "What profit it a man if he gain the whole world but in this enterprise lose his soul?" How does this apply to what we have witnessed of this world in Chapter 1?

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

4. What do we learn about the German impact on television production and programming in Chapter 6? Of what significance is this to the storyline?

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. 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?

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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