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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 does Frank's memory of the landlord Omuro being beheaded by the Japanese Mission because of profiteering off ex-servicemen say about the Japanese?
(a) They are loyal to their religion.
(b) They are cruel to Americans.
(c) They respect the law.
(d) They desire wealth.

2. How would you describe the feelings attached to Juliana's and Joe's memories of "living under the Nazis"?
(a) They are the product of brainwashing.
(b) They are defined by their experiences.
(c) They are the result of psychotherapy.
(d) They are influenced by their careers.

3. What does the reader learn about Albert Speer's approach to revitalizing the USA, as evidenced in New York City?
(a) It exploits natural resources.
(b) It purchases devalued stocks.
(c) It eliminates economic competition.
(d) It employs Japanese immigrants.

4. After recognizing the significance of Joe's tattoo, what does Juliana realize Joe was part of in World War II?
(a) The Axis Army.
(b) The Allied Army.
(c) The Neutral zone.
(d) The Red Cross.

5. What upsets Tagomi causing him to leave the special session of the Foreign Office?
(a) The evil in the world.
(b) Appetizers he was served.
(c) Loss of German supremacy.
(d) A diagnosis he earlier received.

Short Answer Questions

1. How have Frank's feelings for the Japanese changed over the years?

2. What is it about Ramsey that makes Tagomi unwilling to share all the information about Baynes with him?

3. Why does Tagomi feel it would be better if his assistant, Ramsey, selected the gift for Baynes?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the source of the conflict Frank faces over his reading of the I Ching? How does he finally interpret this message? What does he decide as a result?

3. 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?

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

5. While at a special session about the possible candidates for the new German Chancellor, Tagomi becomes ill and leaves. What factors cause him to take the chance of being shamed by his abrupt departure?

6. In Chapter 3, what suggestion is the author making by putting Hitler in a sanitarium and then noting that the present world in this novel is the product of his mind? What similarities are seen in the thoughts of Juliana and Baynes to support this view?

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. 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?

9. 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?

10. 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?

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