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 assignment does the new editor give Ford?

2. What does Tricia find on her lawn?

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

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

5. How long are the books on the alien world where Arthur settles?

Short Essay Questions

1. What animal do the armed men in the editor's office remind Ford of?

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

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

4. What does Tricia think is happening when the spaceship lands in her yard?

5. What happens to the crew of the Grebulon ship?

6. Describe the herring sandwich experiment.

7. How does Ford stop himself from falling?

8. What problem do the aliens have that they want Tricia's help with?

9. Explain WSOGMM.

10. Why are officials unconcerned about Fenchurch's disappearance?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss happiness in the novel.

1) What creates happiness in the novel? Are the factors that contribute to happiness internal or external?

2) How do personality and identity contribute to happiness in the novel?

3) What is the relationship between happiness and belonging in the novel?

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

Discuss communication in the novel.

1) What types of failures of communication appear in the novel? How do Ford and Arthur fail to communicate with each other?

2) How do Arthur and Random fail to communicate with each other? Why does Random have such difficulty communicating?

3) What is the relationship between differing perspectives and failed communication in the novel?

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