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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 the Nuremberg Law responsible for as revealed through Juliana?
(a) The rise in farming back East.
(b) The separation of her and her husband.
(c) The expulsion of Jews in New York.
(d) The fighting between Japan and Germany.

2. Why does Childan most likely have the fresh marigolds and background music playing in his shop?
(a) To confirm his social standing.
(b) To distract from its shabbiness.
(c) To create a pleasant atmosphere.
(d) To emphasize his cultural preferences.

3. What is Childan upset over as the novel opens?
(a) A missed appointment.
(b) A store robbery.
(c) An undelivered package.
(d) An artist's complaint.

4. What irony exists in Ray Calvin's angry call to William-Matson about Childan's complaint?
(a) Childan was mastermind of the plan.
(b) Wyndam-Matson works for Childan.
(c) Calvin was aware of the truth.
(d) Calvin owns W-M Corporation.

5. Because he is Swedish, who does Tagomi believe Mr. Baynes will probably politically favor?
(a) Americans.
(b) Germans.
(c) Japanese.
(d) No-one.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does McCarthy tell Frank he has a plan to get for their business?

3. What upsets Tagomi causing him to leave the special session of the Foreign Office?

4. What does the author use to establish the relationship between Frank and McCarthy, his foreman?

5. What does the young driver's discovery about the character of Baynes suggest about the novel?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. While at a special session about the possible candidates for the new German Chancellor, Tagomi becomes ill and leaves. What factors cause him to take the chance of being shamed by his abrupt departure?

3. Childan says of the Kasouras, "these new young people, of the rising generation, who did not remember the days before the war or even the war itself, - they were the hope of the world." What is meant by this? How do the Kasouras appear to prove him right?

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. 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?

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. What do we learn about Hawthorne Abendsen, the author of The Grasshopper Lies Heavy? How does Juliana feel about this novel as compared to Joe?

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

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