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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. According to Wyndam-Matson, how does bringing up the past tend to make people feel?
(a) Sad.
(b) Embarrassed.
(c) Frightened.
(d) Violent.

2. As Chapter 2 opens, what is Tagomi consulting the I Ching about?
(a) His romantic future.
(b) His job security.
(c) His physical health.
(d) His upcoming visitor.

3. What Axis power is most accepting of The Grasshopper Lies Heavy?
(a) Hungary.
(b) Germany.
(c) Japan.
(d) Italy.

4. What word best describes Wyndam-Matson's reaction when Rita tells him about The Grasshopper Lies Heavy?
(a) Confusion.
(b) Hope.
(c) Agreement.
(d) Mockery.

5. How is the city of San Francisco described?
(a) As making a strong economic comeback.
(b) As becoming a world cultural center.
(c) As being left in ruins from the war.
(d) As rebuilding from a major earthquake.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What best describes the territory of the Rocky Mountain States?

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

5. How would you describe the feelings attached to Juliana's and Joe's memories of "living under the Nazis"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do we learn about the German impact on television production and programming in Chapter 6? Of what significance is this to the storyline?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. 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 ?

7. 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?

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

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