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 is the virtual reality that Ford goes into?

2. How long did it take Arthur to get to NowWhat?

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

4. What is the reason for the changes in the Hitch Hiker's Guide offices?

5. How do the aliens say Tricia looks different in real life?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Arthur recognize the maps of NowWhat?

2. What is the old lady at the cave doing, when Arthur comes to see her?

3. What concerns Gail about her interview with Tricia?

4. At the relocation office, when Arthur imagines himself back on Earth, what does he imagine doing?

5. Explain WSOGMM.

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

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

8. How does Tricia hope to get an audition for the job she wants?

9. How does the security robot act after Ford alters it?

10. What metaphor does Tricia think of, for trying to live life according to a plan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 limitations of knowledge in the novel.

1) How does identity and perspective limit knowledge in the novel?

2) How do the limitations of knowledge doom the characters to being unsuccessful in stopping the new Guide from achieving its goal?

3) In what ways are limitations of knowledge good and bad in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the ability to discover and perceive truth in the novel.

1) How do the limitations of knowledge and perception affect the ability to discover truth in the novel? How does it affect Tricia's ability to share her knowledge of the existence of aliens?

2) How is Ford's desire to find out the truth behind the new Guide inhibited by the limits of knowledge and perception?

3) Why are characters in the novel unwilling to try to discover truth? Why do scientists find truth muddled and confusing? Why do characters like the Lamuellans not want to delve into mysteries like the Perfectly Normal Beasts?

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