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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 Childan do as a result of what he has learned from the university in Chapter 4?
(a) He decides to close his shop.
(b) He hires an armed night watchman.
(c) He seeks reimbursement from his supplier.
(d) He files an anonymous police report.

2. What contradiction does the Oracle's message predict that leaves Frank confused?
(a) Good fortune and doom.
(b) Business success and poverty.
(c) Love's return and loss.
(d) Long life and death.

3. What rumor does Wyndam-Matson remember that gives him further power over Frank?
(a) He is a Slav.
(b) He is a spy.
(c) He is a terrorist.
(d) He is a Jew.

4. What does the author use to establish the relationship between Frank and McCarthy, his foreman?
(a) Physical description.
(b) First person point-of-view.
(c) Another character's observations.
(d) Conversational dialog.

5. What are the pincos of Sacramento described as being?
(a) A powerful mobster organization.
(b) The puppet white government.
(c) The lower class farm laborers.
(d) An underground network of spies.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Juliana feel the Germans have made little advancement in despite having gone to Mars?

2. What does Childan's mystery client wish to purchase?

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

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

5. What does Frank's question to the I Ching about Juliana suggest?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. In Chapter 1, the author introduces the characters of Mr. Tagomi and the Kasouras as clients of Childan through the juxtaposition of conversations he has with each. What do we learn about each as a result? How do these clients compare?

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

4. Compare the reactions of Childan, Calvin and Wyndam-Matson to the discovery of the fake guns. What point does the author seem to be making about the business world as he sees it?

5. How do Childan's and Frank's perception of the Germans and the Japanese differ? What motivates these views?

6. 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?

7. 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 ?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. 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?

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