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

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

3. Having a shadow cut off the sun just as Tagomi begins to read into the sun's effect on the jewelry in order to emphasize his mood is an example of the use of what literary device?
(a) Allusion.
(b) Irony.
(c) Metaphor.
(d) Flashback.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the I Ching tell Juliana when she consults it for advice?

2. How does Joe appear when he tries to explain to Juliana what Abendsen is saying in the novel?

3. What is Frank doing as Chapter 14 ends?

4. What does vom Meere intend to do to Wegener after his men surround him?

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

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. 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?

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. Why is Tagomi shocked when the elderly man shows up for the meeting with Baynes? What concerns does Tagomi share with him? What is the visitor's reaction to these concerns?

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

7. 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?

8. 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?

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. 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?

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