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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 McCarthy suggest is the reason Frank is initially reluctant to start his own business?
(a) Fear of Wyndam-Matson's revenge.
(b) Years of political brainwashing.
(c) Repeated past job failures.
(d) Threats of harming Juliana.

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

3. What does Baynes make clear to Tagomi in Chapter 5 about Mr. Yatabe's visit?
(a) It must be uncompensated.
(b) It must be secret.
(c) It must be brief.
(d) It must be recorded.

4. Why does Tagomi feel it would be better if his assistant, Ramsey, selected the gift for Baynes?
(a) He is Swedish bred.
(b) He is socially active.
(c) He is artistically inclined.
(d) He is native born.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Frank Frink worrying about when the reader first meets him?

2. How does Ramsey feel about Tagomi's request that he select the gift for Baynes?

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

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

5. What has caused Africa to become a wasteland?

Short Essay Questions

1. Despite initiating a relationship with Joe, whom she finds attractive, Juliana begins to feel uncomfortable around him. Why? What might this be foreshadowing?

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. 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?

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. 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?

8. How does Baynes react to Tagomi's apartment? How do his thoughts and reactions to Tagomi's possessions and comments further define his character?

9. 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?

10. 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?

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