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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. As he sits in his office, engrossed in reading The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, what does Reiss suggest is the "power of fiction" ?
(a) Twisted plots.
(b) Realistic imagery.
(c) Emotional appeal.
(d) Careful phrasing.

2. In Chapter 8, what disguised personage is Reiss alerted to through a radiogram from his superiors?
(a) A Japanese general.
(b) An American businessman.
(c) A German official.
(d) An Italian diplomat.

3. Because he feels The Grasshopper Lies Heavy is a dangerous book, what does Reiss think should happen to its author?
(a) He should be exposed as a liar.
(b) He should be humiliated in public.
(c) He should be secretly assassinated.
(d) He should be quietly arrested.

4. According to Abendsen's novel, what problem has been solved as a result of the Allies' victory?
(a) Religious differences.
(b) British colonization.
(c) American racism.
(d) Global warming.

5. Why does Childan feel the Edfrank jewelry could give him an edge on the market?
(a) It is mysterious and bold.
(b) It is cheap and plentiful.
(c) It is common and desirable.
(d) It is unique and handmade.

Short Answer Questions

1. While dining with the Kasouras, what word does Childan use to initially describe his own behavior?

2. In what way does Frank feel Juliana can use her talent to help the Edfrank Jewelry business?

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

4. In Chapter 11, what does Childan hear regarding Betty Kasoura that disappoints him?

5. What is different about Joe's hair when he comes out of the barbershop?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. Reiss speaks about the "power of fiction" and sees The Grasshopper Lies Heavy as dangerous. In what way can it be dangerous?

5. 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?

6. Frank thinks Juliana may be able to help him and McCarthy sell their jewelry. He looks at this relationship as being strictly business. What qualities does he see in her that could be helpful? What does this further reveal about her character? Do you feel this is the real reason he would like to contact her?

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. 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?

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