The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the job of the Intergalactic President?

2. What are serious problems throughout the galaxy?

3. Which government owns the Starship Heart of Gold?

4. What does Ford hum to the guard in an attempt to stir some feelings within him?

5. How long has Magrathea been dead for?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the computer say that most people's lives are governed by telephone numbers?

2. Why does Ford have trouble sleeping?

3. Where do Ford and Arthur find themselves immediately after being rescued? What is happening, and why?

4. What went through the mind of the bowl of petunias? Why do you think this is?

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

6. Why does Trillian have trouble sleeping?

7. What does the Nutri-Matic drink machine do?

8. What problems does Zaphod have with the computer?

9. What is the problem with Marvin the android?

10. How grateful is everyone to Arthur for saving their lives?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay that explains the role of Arthur Dent's character in the story, and the key differences between him and the other characters.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay that describes the pursuit of happiness for the average human, and why it is difficult even for people who have digital watches.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay explaining your opinion on the nature of the universe, and the basic elements of a novel that would communicate this opinion to readers. Be sure to include:

1 - Themes that would best express this viewpoint (for example, optimism, futility, cyclical events);

2 - Types of characters (for example, anti-heroes, well-meaning protagonists);

3 - How the novel's viewpoint is similar or different to that of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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