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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) To follow-up on a purchase they made.
(b) He is acting as a German spy.
(c) To be the deliverer of good news.
(d) He is an invited dinner guest.

2. While Tagomi studies the jewelry he purchased, what does he come to understand as the real power of a true artist?
(a) Perpetuating life's lies.
(b) Bringing the dead to life.
(c) Disguising world suffering.
(d) Imitating his natural surroundings.

3. What does Reiss find is his main role in the plan to capture Wegener?
(a) Distract the Abwehr.
(b) Handle Japanese complaints.
(c) Invite Tagomi to police headquarters.
(d) Pretend to hate vom Meere.

4. What does Tagomi do to spite Reiss?
(a) Reports him to the Third Reich.
(b) Makes an appointment with vom Meere.
(c) Communicates only through his assistant.
(d) Signs for the release of Frank.

5. Why does Reiss resent his orders to cooperate with the police?
(a) Vom Meere has spread lies about him.
(b) He opposes the leader chosen by the Reich.
(c) He feels it is a waste of time.
(d) Vom Meere has gone over his head.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 7, how do Paul and Betty react to Childan's comments about Abendsen's theories?

2. What feeling best describes Juliana's reaction to Joe's explanation about his cash supply?

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

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

5. As Chapter 10 closes, how does Tagomi's message from the I Ching come true?

Short Essay Questions

1. As Juliana continues to read The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, the reader learns more of its contents. What are some ways Abendsen has changed the history of his world? What do Juliana's and Joe's reactions to these changes say about each of them?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. 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?

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. 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?

7. 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?

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. 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?

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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