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 part of an Antarean parakeet is a revolting delicacy?

2. Which character has something odd about him or her, like they are missing something?

3. What does Zaphod Beeblebrox do to the Heart of Gold?

4. What are the initials burned into Zaphod's brain?

5. What colors are the Heart of Gold's interior after Arthur activates the Improbability Drive?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the significance of the chances of being picked up in space?

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

6. What effect did Magrathea have on the former Galactic Empire?

7. Who is Zaphod Beeblebrox?

8. How was the Infinite Improbability Drive created?

9. What happens when Zaphod tries to bring the ship in for a landing?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay that explains a simple way for people to be happy, or at least happier. The plan need not be entirely realistic.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay that lists and explains all of the references within the novel to feelings of unease with the universe and the characters within it.

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