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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. At the start of Chapter 7, what is Childan's reason for being at the home of the Kasouras?
(a) He is an invited dinner guest.
(b) He is acting as a German spy.
(c) To follow-up on a purchase they made.
(d) To be the deliverer of good news.

2. After having dinner with the Kasouras, Childan says he no longer feels________________.
(a) Useless.
(b) Saddened
(c) Ignored.
(d) Intimidated.

3. What does Juliana do after she leaves the hotel?
(a) Seeks help.
(b) Begins to cry.
(c) Steals a car.
(d) Disguises herself.

4. What does Tagomi fear about The Oracle that has him so upset?
(a) It has made a fool of him.
(b) It has outlived its usefulness.
(c) It has given up on mankind.
(d) It has manipulated him to betray his country.

5. What does Tagomi feel he can no longer do now that his most prized possession has been tainted with evil?
(a) Live in his home.
(b) Be a collector.
(c) Oversee trade deals.
(d) Trust anyone.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are Americans portrayed as doing by the author of The Grasshopper Lies Heavy that impresses Juliana?

2. What does Juliana forget to do when she speaks to Abendsen's wife?

3. What does Tagomi do to spite Reiss?

4. What does the conversation between Childan and the Kasouras tell the reader has happened to the most humanitarian of the candidates for new Chancellor, von Schirach?

5. Why does Wegener give the cigarette case to Tedeki?

Short Essay Questions

1. As Childan reflects on how his beliefs have been shaken, he pities himself as being a salesman who has to deal with people like Tagomi, who, in his words, "by merest reflection manage to rub my nose in it, make my life miserable." In what way does this statement take an ironic twist in light of how he treats McCarthy and makes plans for Edfrank Jewelry?

2. 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?

3. Chapter 10 focuses on the internal and external conflicts faced by Baynes. What are these conflicts? What do they suggest about his character?

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. In Chapter 9, Joe accuses Juliana of being guilty of "worry, fear, and suspicion about him and everything else in the world." In what way is this true? Are her feelings well founded? What might this be foreshadowing?

6. 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?

7. Paul's proposal to mass market the Edfrank Jewelry is turned down by Childan, despite the fact this could have made him very wealthy. What has the jewelry come to symbolize to Childan that makes it more important than wealth? How does this realization affect him?

8. The Kasouras seem to be obsessed with the American way and their American guest and go out of their way to treat him as an equal. How is this demonstrated? What aspect of early 1960s America does this reflect?

9. 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?

10. In Chapter 7, the reader learns more about Childan through his dialogue with the Kasouras and through a further glimpse into his inner thoughts. What do we learn about his political and cultural views? What does this say about his character? Are his views justified? Has your opinion of him changed at all since you first met him in Chapter 1?

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