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 was life in the former Galactic Empire largely free of?

2. What goes through the mind of the bowl of petunias?

3. What escapes?

4. Why is Marvin an ironic character?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How was the Infinite Improbability Drive created?

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

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

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

5. What is the significance of the babel fish?

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

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

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

9. Why does Trillian have trouble sleeping?

10. What was life like in the former Galactic Empire?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write a short essay that describes the unusual writing style of Douglas Adams, giving examples where he "breaks the rules" of writing.

Essay Topic 3

Write a fictional essay from the perspective of a galactic historian that analyzes the legend of Magrathea. The essay can be skeptical, or argue for the existence of the mysterious planet.

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