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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 the mystery client encourage Childan to report?
(a) Discovered forgeries to the police.
(b) Shipping failures to the Trade Commission.
(c) Missing items to the authorities
(d) Increased customer demands to his suppliers.

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

3. What are Frank 's intentions when he returns to the factory?
(a) To protect his friend's job.
(b) To get his tools back.
(c) To pick up his paycheck.
(d) To apologize to his boss.

4. Why does Childan most likely have the fresh marigolds and background music playing in his shop?
(a) To distract from its shabbiness.
(b) To confirm his social standing.
(c) To emphasize his cultural preferences.
(d) To create a pleasant atmosphere.

5. What is revealed about Baynes when the young driver tries to make conversation with him in Chapter 5?
(a) He doesn't understand Japanese.
(b) He doesn't like Orientals.
(c) He doesn't acknowledge inferiors.
(d) He doesn't speak Swedish.

Short Answer Questions

1. After recognizing the significance of Joe's tattoo, what does Juliana realize Joe was part of in World War II?

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

3. What Axis power is most accepting of The Grasshopper Lies Heavy?

4. What do phrases like "the fussy, brisk voice," "barely polite," and "deliberately mispronounced his name" initially tell us about Tagomi's character?

5. What image set forth in The Grasshopper Lies Heavy seems to upset Joe the most?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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. 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?

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. 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?

7. 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?

8. What appears to be the source of Juliana's depression at the start of Chapter 3? Why might this be considered to be ironic?

9. 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?

10. 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?

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