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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 do phrases like "the fussy, brisk voice," "barely polite," and "deliberately mispronounced his name" initially tell us about Tagomi's character?
(a) He is uneducated.
(b) He is overworked.
(c) He is insecure.
(d) He is arrogant.

2. What is learned about the role of Blacks in the PSA?
(a) They drive taxis.
(b) They are the military police.
(c) They are informants.
(d) They are slaves.

3. What does the mystery client encourage Childan to report?
(a) Discovered forgeries to the police.
(b) Shipping failures to the Trade Commission.
(c) Increased customer demands to his suppliers.
(d) Missing items to the authorities

4. What does the young driver's discovery about the character of Baynes suggest about the novel?
(a) The point of view will change.
(b) The setting will shift to Europe.
(c) The plot may move in a new direction.
(d) The main conflict is about to be resolved.

5. What does Frank's memory of the landlord Omuro being beheaded by the Japanese Mission because of profiteering off ex-servicemen say about the Japanese?
(a) They are cruel to Americans.
(b) They desire wealth.
(c) They are loyal to their religion.
(d) They respect the law.

Short Answer Questions

1. What Joe does suggest that Abendsen's living in a place called The High Castle reflects?

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

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

4. What is it about Ramsey that makes Tagomi unwilling to share all the information about Baynes with him?

5. How does the simile, "like a little animal, not important, but smart" describe the way Joe acts?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. What is the source of the conflict Frank faces over his reading of the I Ching? How does he finally interpret this message? What does he decide as a result?

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

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

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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