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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 Juliana buy while Joe is checking into the hotel?
(a) Abendsen's book.
(b) Some aspirin.
(c) A map.
(d) Razor blades.

2. What does Baynes, really Captain Wegener of the Reich's Naval Counter Intelligence , tell Tagomi about the reason he is in the PSA?
(a) He is representing the newly elected Chancellor.
(b) He is acting independently from the Reich.
(c) He is replacing Reiss in San Francisco.
(d) He is helping Americans take back their country.

3. While dining with the Kasouras, what word does Childan use to initially describe his own behavior?
(a) Barbaric
(b) Robotic.
(c) Charming.
(d) Supportive.

4. In Chapter 12, why has Frank decided to quit the jewelry business?
(a) Nothing has been sold.
(b) He realizes he has no talent.
(c) Juliana has contacted him.
(d) McCarthy's partnering with Childan.

5. In what way does Frank feel Juliana can use her talent to help the Edfrank Jewelry business?
(a) She can create more attractive pieces.
(b) She can bring in more financial backing.
(c) She can make the shop more efficient.
(d) She can help them sell their jewelry.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the start of Chapter 7, what is Childan's reason for being at the home of the Kasouras?

2. What does the discussion of The Grasshopper Lies Heavy lead Joe and Juliana to do?

3. What word best describes the mood at the Kasouras' home during Childan's visit?

4. In Chapter 8, who is Police Chief vom Meere looking for when he calls Reiss's office?

5. What does Juliana do after she leaves the hotel?

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

3. 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?

4. Chapter 9 repeats a technique used by Philip Dick in earlier chapters. He presents multiple characters and scenarios within a single chapter. What three scenarios are presented, and who is included in each? How does Dick attain a sense of unity despite the differing scenarios?

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. 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?

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. Tagomi buys a piece of Edfrank Jewelry at Childan's suggestion. What selling angle does Childan use that convinces Tagomi to buy it? What does Tagomi hope to get from this purchase? What does this say about his present state of mind? What has the jewelry come to symbolize overall?

10. When the police approach Frank and arrest him, Frank thinks, "This is what the times require of us." What does this quote mean? What is the real reason Frank is being arrested? How does this arrest in this society reflect the quote?

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