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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. Why does Ford order so much beer at lunchtime?
(a) The world is about to end, and Ford wants to remember the taste.
(b) It is a memory disabler.
(c) It is a psychological stabilizer.
(d) It is a muscle relaxant.

2. What does Ford use to conceal the alien technology in his satchel?
(a) Scripts for plays
(b) A towel
(c) Manuscripts for the bad novels that Ford writes
(d) Magazines

3. What are serious problems throughout the galaxy?
(a) Cancer, and untied shoelaces
(b) Stress and nervous tension
(c) Rage and uncontrollable anger
(d) Unbridled enthusiasm for danger

4. Why did Trillian pick up hitchhikers?
(a) She thought they would be useful as hostages.
(b) Zaphod told her to.
(c) She was worried that they would die.
(d) She didn not; the ship picked them up all by itself.

5. What is the significance of the location where the Heart of Gold picked up Ford and Arthur?
(a) It is the geographic center of the universe.
(b) There is a black hole there.
(c) It was the location where the Heart of Gold originates from.
(d) It is the same sector where Zaphod picked up Trillian.

Short Answer Questions

1. What can respectable physicists really not stand for?

2. What was life in the former Galactic Empire largely free of?

3. How does Vogon poetry rank in the universe?

4. Why is Marvin an ironic character?

5. What does Arthur say that saving everyone's lives was?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the events of the next chapter given away in advance? What is withheld?

2. What is the problem with Marvin the android?

3. What is Marvin's problem?

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

5. What is the interior of the Starship Heart of Gold like?

6. Who is Zaphod Beeblebrox?

7. What is the significance of the babel fish?

8. How do the characters react to seeing the planet Magrathea? What do they think of its legend?

9. Why does Trillian have trouble sleeping?

10. How does Arthur try to save Ford and himself from the Vogon? What happens?

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