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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 are Tagomi and Childan similar?
(a) They are involved in secret missions.
(b) They are feared by their peers.
(c) They are concerned with outward appearances.
(d) They are seeking social equality.

2. What is Wyndam-Matson certain of when he hears Calvin's complaint?
(a) Calvin will go to the police.
(b) He will never be found out.
(c) Childan is only looking for money.
(d) Frank and McCarthy are behind this.

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

4. Why does Childan send samples of his merchandise to the university?
(a) To verify his client's accusations.
(b) To save on shipping fees.
(c) To establish a new clientèle.
(d) To identify fingerprints on them.

5. How do the Kasouras differ from Tagomi in their treatment of Childan?
(a) They act inferior to him.
(b) They act superior to him.
(c) They treat him like he is non-existent.
(d) They treat him as an equal.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Mrs. Kasoura seem to Childan?

2. In Chapter 6, Tagomi is now convinced that Baynes really is ___________.

3. What is learned about the role of Blacks in the PSA?

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

5. While visiting with Tagomi in Chapter 5, what does Baynes feel regret about?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. In Chapter 5, Tagomi tells Baynes that many books like the I Ching and The Bible are alive. What does he mean by this? How does this appear to be supported in the text up to the close of this chapter ?

3. 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?

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

5. Wyndam-Matson and his girlfriend get into a long discussion about historicity. What is historicity? What point does Wyndam-Matson make about it? How is this idea supported in the novel?

6. How does Baynes react to Tagomi's apartment? How do his thoughts and reactions to Tagomi's possessions and comments further define his character?

7. One aspect of science fiction is that there is an element of the real world in it. What similarities can be seen in World War II and its aftermath as related in the High Castle and the history as we know it?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. 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?

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