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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. For what reason does Tagomi think Baynes is coming to visit him?
(a) To seek release of political prisoners.
(b) To mediate peace negotiations.
(c) To share technological information.
(d) To arrange for a trade agreement.

2. What word would sum up Frank's opinion of McCarthy?
(a) Respect.
(b) Jealousy.
(c) Amusement.
(d) Distrust.

3. What does Frank's use of the I Ching suggest about him?
(a) He yearns for Japanese acceptance.
(b) He is of Oriental heritage.
(c) He puts faith in its advice.
(d) He has no one to talk to.

4. In Chapter 3, what do we learn about how Juliana Frink makes her living?
(a) As a diner waitress.
(b) As an investigative reporter.
(c) As a social worker.
(d) As a judo instructor.

5. What word best describes Wyndam-Matson's reaction when Rita tells him about The Grasshopper Lies Heavy?
(a) Agreement.
(b) Hope.
(c) Mockery.
(d) Confusion.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Rita note her parents said would have won WW II if he had lived?

2. In Chapter 6, what does Juliana realize Joe has done when she returns to her apartment?

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

4. What other name does the I Ching go by?

5. What does Baynes make clear to Tagomi in Chapter 5 about Mr. Yatabe's visit?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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. 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?

4. 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?

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

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

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. Juliana responds to the radio commentary about the potential new Chancellor by saying, "Those murderers are talked about as if they are like the rest of us." Joe responds,"There isn't anything they've done that we wouldn't have done if we'd been in their places." What does Joe mean by this? What proof has Joe offered to support his opinion?

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