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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. For what reason does Tagomi think Baynes is coming to visit him?
(a) To mediate peace negotiations.
(b) To arrange for a trade agreement.
(c) To seek release of political prisoners.
(d) To share technological information.

2. What word describes Baynes's reaction to Tagomi's gift and home furnishings?
(a) Pride.
(b) Envy.
(c) Disbelief.
(d) Admiration.

3. What does Frank decide to do as a result of the Oracle's message?
(a) Beg to get his job back.
(b) Live life as best he can.
(c) Send a message to Juliana.
(d) Seek Childan's business advice.

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

5. What is Frank Frink worrying about when the reader first meets him?
(a) Buying a home.
(b) Losing his job.
(c) Angering his wife.
(d) Finding his friend.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Childan returns to his office in Chapter 4, who does the client waiting for him claim to represent?

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

3. In Chapter 3, what do we learn about how Juliana Frink makes her living?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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. What new insight does Chapter 5 give the reader into the character of Baynes? What might this be foreshadowing?

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

6. When told by the university that "there is a regular industry turning out these fakes," Childan gets angry and insists that this is only a rumor. Why is he in such denial even when the proof lies before him?

7. One way an author can develop character is through descriptions of physical appearance and behavior. What descriptions does the author give of Wyndam-Matson? How do these descriptions reflect the way he runs his business in regard to such things as his treatment of employees, production, and such?

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. In Chapter 5, what is further learned about the book The Grasshopper Lies Heavy from Rita's conversation with Wyndam-Matson? How does this conversation create a conflict between them?

10. 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?

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