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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 is discovered as being the source of W-M Corporation's real profit?
(a) Inferior construction materials.
(b) Imitation Chinese artifacts.
(c) Counterfeit war bonds.
(d) Fake antique guns.

2. How does Childan's ride in the pedicab make him feel?
(a) Respected.
(b) Inconspicuous.
(c) Ordinary.
(d) Superior.

3. What does the young driver's discovery about the character of Baynes suggest about the novel?
(a) The point of view will change.
(b) The setting will shift to Europe.
(c) The plot may move in a new direction.
(d) The main conflict is about to be resolved.

4. What Joe does suggest that Abendsen's living in a place called The High Castle reflects?
(a) Vainly treating himself as royalty.
(b) Safely getting a world perspective.
(c) Cowardly escaping adoring readers.
(d) Wisely seeking a peaceful retreat.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What makes Juliana question the fact that Joe says he is reading The Grasshopper Lies Heavy?

2. What is Wyndam-Matson certain of when he hears Calvin's complaint?

3. What does Frank's use of the I Ching suggest about him?

4. Tagomi expresses his dislike of the German practices toward what group of people?

5. Because he is Swedish, who does Tagomi believe Mr. Baynes will probably politically favor?

Short Essay Questions

1. Toward the end of Chapter 14, Reiss comes to visit Tagomi. What is the purpose of his visit? How does Tagomi react to this? What is this further revealing about Tagomi's character in light of the conflicts he has been facing, both externally and internally?

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

3. Reiss speaks about the "power of fiction" and sees The Grasshopper Lies Heavy as dangerous. In what way can it be dangerous?

4. Tagomi buys a piece of Edfrank Jewelry at Childan's suggestion. What selling angle does Childan use that convinces Tagomi to buy it? What does Tagomi hope to get from this purchase? What does this say about his present state of mind? What has the jewelry come to symbolize overall?

5. In Chapter 8, Reiss receives two messages about individuals who have come into the PSA. What does he learn? What can we assume as a result?

6. Wegener speaks of the political situation of the Third Reich and its plans for Japan. As he explains what the Japanese must do to protect their own interests and country, Tagomi grows more and more upset. Why, if Wegener is trying to help, is Tagomi so disturbed?

7. Paul sees The Grasshopper Lies Heavy as being "possibly within the genre of science fiction." Betty disagrees because "science fiction deals with the future, in particular where science has advanced over now." Paul notes, however, that "it deals with an alternate present" as many well-known science fiction novels do. How do their definitions fit into the classifying of The High Castle as science fiction? Is there anything you would add to their definition?

8. 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?

9. When the police approach Frank and arrest him, Frank thinks, "This is what the times require of us." What does this quote mean? What is the real reason Frank is being arrested? How does this arrest in this society reflect the quote?

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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