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. Why were office windows at one time sealed shut?

2. What noise does the computer on the Grebulon ship think it should get in response to the click?

3. What does the shadowy shape Ford sees in the window appear to be like?

4. After what type of animal does Ford name the security robot?

5. What day is it, when Tricia returns from New York?

Short Essay Questions

1. How was the alien Tricia met at the party disguised?

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

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

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

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

6. What do the aliens tell Tricia about Elvis?

7. What does Ford steal from his new editor?

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

9. What does the first prayer that the prophet on the pole gives Arthur ask to protect him from?

10. What concerns Gail about her interview with Tricia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the role of fate and free will in the novel.

1) Do the characters in the novel have free will? Do their circumstances and personalities force them into specific roles and choices?

2) Does the existence of the new Guide eliminate free will?

3) How does the existence of multiple dimensions, representing different potential realities, relate to fate and free will? If all possibilities exist, is there any real choice or free will?

Essay Topic 3

Arthur and Ford are literary foils. Compare their characters and roles in the novel.

1) How do Ford and Arthur react differently to change and risk? How do they understand and respond to the universe differently?

2) What do Ford and Arthur value? How are their points of view different, and how does this relate to their identity? How does it affect their actions and choices?

3) Why does the author use two characters who are opposites? How does it affect the story and the reader?

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