The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What is Arthur angry about? What does he do?

Arthur Dent is angry because there is a bypass planned that will go through his house. Due to this, his house is being planned for demolition. Arthur is made even angrier by the fact that the plans for this bypass were not on display, and were in fact in a locked filing cabinet hidden in an old bathroom that has a sign outside stating "beware of the leopard." Arthur proceeds to lie down in front of the bulldozers poised to destroy his house.

2. How does Ford Prefect manage to get Arthur to stop lying in front of the bulldozers?

Ford attempts to reason with Mr. Prosser, telling him that since Arthur was not going to move and Mr. Prosser and his crew were resigned to doing nothing all day anyway, they did not actually need Arthur to continue lying in front of the bulldozer. Mr. Prosser is confused by this, but agrees to lie down in the place of Arthur in exchange for a chance to visit the pub himself later on. This, of course, makes absolutely no sense, but since Mr. Prosser is not an intelligent man and is accustomed to being fooled by people, it works for the time being.

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