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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. In Chapter 7, how do Paul and Betty react to Childan's comments about Abendsen's theories?
(a) They voice their disagreement.
(b) They worry he will be persecuted.
(c) They realize they have an ally.
(d) They report him to the officials.

2. What do Baynes's thoughts tell the reader about Mr. Yatabe at the end of Chapter 10?
(a) He is a business executive.
(b) Baynes works for him.
(c) Tagomi already knows him.
(d) He is in the SD.

3. Why does Wegener give the cigarette case to Tedeki?
(a) It symbolizes the union of Germany and Japan.
(b) It contains proof of his message.
(c) It exemplifies the latest in scientific invention.
(d) It is to be used to signal success.

4. In Chapter 10, as Juliana reads from The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, in what area does she discover the fictional Americans are like the Germans of her world?
(a) Agricultural production.
(b) Educational opportunity.
(c) Technological advancement.
(d) Cultural achievements.

5. Why does McCarthy, rather than Frank, go to Childan's shop to market their jewelry?
(a) Childan is a childhood friend.
(b) Frank is busy producing more.
(c) Childan might recognize Frank.
(d) McCarthy is more sociable.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 12, why has Frank decided to quit the jewelry business?

2. What do Juliana's questions about Joe's shirts and his knowledge of the valet service suggest she is thinking about Joe?

3. Because he feels The Grasshopper Lies Heavy is a dangerous book, what does Reiss think should happen to its author?

4. In Chapter 13, what does Juliana come to realize as the real job for which Joe was hired?

5. As Chapter 12 closes, what do Wegener and Tedeki realize is the source of Tagomi's despair?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has Tagomi's most prized possession a "perfectly preserved U.S. 1860 Civil War Colt .44, a treasured collector's item" changed in significance as the story progresses?

2. In response to Paul's return of the jewelry, it is said that "long habit had caused Childan to suppress any show of authentic feelings ... He could sense it there..the mask." What is this saying about Childan? What other characters do we find wearing "masks"? Why? What does this further say about this society in general?

3. Why is Tagomi shocked when the elderly man shows up for the meeting with Baynes? What concerns does Tagomi share with him? What is the visitor's reaction to these concerns?

4. As her concern about Joe and his real identity and intentions grow, Juliana's thoughts revert to Frank. First, she thinks, "Frank. Help me. I'm into something I don't understand." A bit later she informs Joe, "My husband is a Jew." What does this suggest about her feelings about Frank? What is further revealed about her character?

5. Juliana's words and thoughts seem jumbled and senseless at one point in Chapter 13 as she says things like, " Hair creates bear who removes spots in nakedness." and "However, only woman." What is the cause of this gibberish and disorientation? Do you feel this type of dialogue enhances or distracts from the storyline? Why?

6. Wegener speaks of the political situation of the Third Reich and its plans for Japan. As he explains what the Japanese must do to protect their own interests and country, Tagomi grows more and more upset. Why, if Wegener is trying to help, is Tagomi so disturbed?

7. Paul sees The Grasshopper Lies Heavy as being "possibly within the genre of science fiction." Betty disagrees because "science fiction deals with the future, in particular where science has advanced over now." Paul notes, however, that "it deals with an alternate present" as many well-known science fiction novels do. How do their definitions fit into the classifying of The High Castle as science fiction? Is there anything you would add to their definition?

8. In Chapter 8, Reiss receives two messages about individuals who have come into the PSA. What does he learn? What can we assume as a result?

9. In Chapter 13, when Juliana questions the change in Joe's appearance, he replies, "I'm tired of being a wop." What changes in Joe does she witness? How can his statement be interpreted in more than one way? What is being implied here?

10. Vom Meere tells Reiss he received an anonymous phone call from a Japanese official regarding an appointment with a Swedish industrialist. Who most likely made this call? Why? How does this later impact on him?

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