Mostly Harmless 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 design is on Ford's towel?

2. What color are the aliens, in the light of Tricia's house?

3. What does the prophet play for Arthur to show what's happened to his profession?

4. For what does Arthur now mostly use his Hitch Hiker's Guide?

5. What drains Tricia even more than simply standing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who comes to find out what Ford is doing in the virtual reality?

2. What does Ford say to the armed men who are in the editor's office?

3. Why is Arthur the sole survivor of the space ship crash?

4. What major event happened to most other versions of the Earth in other dimensions?

5. What does the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy Mk II look like?

6. What does Tricia learn when she calls her television station from the editing booth?

7. Why is Random fascinated by Arthur's watch?

8. Why doesn't Arthur's watch tell the right time?

9. What does the old lady give to Arthur along with her advice?

10. What does Random find at the crash site?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss social satire in the novel.

1) How does the Guide and its offices serve as social satire? How does it represent large corporations in the real world? How does the story of the failed air control system for offices compare to this satire, as a social satire of technology?

2) How do the Vogons function as social satire? What types of people and organizations do they satire? How is bureaucracy depicted?

3) What other elements of social satire are present in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the new Guide, its abilities, and its implications in the novel.

1) Why is Ford so concerned about the new Guide and its capabilities?

2) What is the new Guide? How does it operate, and why is it dangerous technology? Why does the Hitchhiker's Guide office want to develop this technology?

3) How is the Guide different from the normal characters that populate the universe? How is it different from objects, machines, and robots? Is it a being, a machine, or something else?

Essay Topic 3

All of the characters have unique and sometimes conflicting perspectives in the novel. Discuss relative perspectives and points of view in the novel.

1) What are the limitations of individual perspectives of characters like Arthur, Ford, Tricia, and Random? How do their perspectives affect their choices?

2) Why does the author emphasize limited, individual perspectives in the novel?

3) How is a limited perspective necessary for understanding and comprehending the world?

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