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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 12, what happens while Tagomi and his visitors meet in his office?
(a) Armed guards come storming in.
(b) He is informed of a bomb scare.
(c) He receives a call from Reiss.
(d) Ramsey is caught listening in.

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

3. What does Tagomi's experience in the all white diner and the discovery that he left his belongings in the park make him realize he must do?
(a) Pray.
(b) Refocus.
(c) Conform.
(d) Move elsewhere.

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

5. What does Tagomi fear about The Oracle that has him so upset?
(a) It has manipulated him to betray his country.
(b) It has outlived its usefulness.
(c) It has made a fool of him.
(d) It has given up on mankind.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Childan feel he must read The Grasshopper Lies Heavy?

2. What do Juliana's questions about Joe's shirts and his knowledge of the valet service suggest she is thinking about Joe?

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

4. Why is Frank petrified when the police call him Fink?

5. In Chapter 7, why are the police waiting for Childan when he returns home from the dinner?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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. 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. In Chapter 8, upon entering the Kasoura neighborhood, Childan thinks to himself, "I do not belong here." In what way is this statement true? What does the author draw upon from actual history to depict this scene?

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. 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. Toward the end of Chapter 14, Reiss comes to visit Tagomi. What is the purpose of his visit? How does Tagomi react to this? What is this further revealing about Tagomi's character in light of the conflicts he has been facing, both externally and internally?

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