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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. When Childan returns to his office in Chapter 4, who does the client waiting for him claim to represent?
(a) An agent from the Trade Commission.
(b) A leader of the Third Reich.
(c) An Admiral of the Imperial Army.
(d) A businessman from the Middle East.

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

3. What has caused Africa to become a wasteland?
(a) American bombing.
(b) Italian colonization.
(c) Asian exploitation of resources.
(d) Nazi experimentation on humans.

4. How does the discussion between Joe and Juliana, inspired by Abendsen's novel, leave Juliana feeling?
(a) Uneasy.
(b) Joyous.
(c) Hopeful.
(d) Discouraged.

5. Because he is Swedish, who does Tagomi believe Mr. Baynes will probably politically favor?
(a) Americans.
(b) Germans.
(c) Japanese.
(d) No-one.

Short Answer Questions

1. What word best describes Childan's overall opinion of the Germans?

2. What rumor does Wyndam-Matson remember that gives him further power over Frank?

3. What does the young driver's discovery about the character of Baynes suggest about the novel?

4. Frank sees the Edfrank Jewelry business as, perhaps, a way of ____________.

5. As Chapter 6 closes, what does the manila envelope that Frank and McCarthy receive contain?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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. 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?

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

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. 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?

9. What do we learn about Hawthorne Abendsen, the author of The Grasshopper Lies Heavy? How does Juliana feel about this novel as compared to Joe?

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

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