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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 9, what does Joe admit to really being career-wise?
(a) An armed guard.
(b) A military policeman.
(c) A book reviewer.
(d) A clothing designer.

2. What does the raised eyebrow and slight smile Childan detects on Paul's face after having demanded an apology from him suggest?
(a) Mocking criticism.
(b) Pleasant surprise.
(c) Shaken superiority.
(d) Secret warning.

3. As the dinner and the conversations in Chapter 7 continue, what realization does Childan come to about the Kasouras and all Japanese?
(a) They are egocentric.
(b) They are artificial.
(c) They are creative.
(d) They are generous.

4. When speaking to Betty Kasoura at her home, how is Childan feeling about her?
(a) Superior.
(b) Infatuated.
(c) Sympathetic.
(d) Distrustful.

5. In Chapter 9, to whom does Childan decide to take a piece of jewelry?
(a) Betty Kasoura.
(b) Mr. Tagomi.
(c) Juliana Frink.
(d) Hawthorne Abendsen.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Reiss resent his orders to cooperate with the police?

2. When Tagomi inquires about General Tedeki in Chapter 14, he learns Tedeki is ________________.

3. Why does McCarthy, rather than Frank, go to Childan's shop to market their jewelry?

4. At the start of Chapter 10, what is Baynes's thinking his private meeting in Tagomi's office could mean for him?

5. In Chapter 11, what does Paul admit he has come to appreciate about the Edfrank jewelry Childan had given him?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

4. Back in the park, Tagomi thinks of his perception of the world as an optical distortion saying, "our space and our time creations of our own psyche, and when these momentarily falter ... all sense of balance is gone." What does this mean? How does it relate to Tagomi's present state of mind?

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. 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?

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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