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 one ambition of the individuals on the planet NowWhat?

2. What club did Tricia go to in New York that she wants to tell someone about?

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

4. What human element do the aliens of Arthur's new planet not have?

5. What worries Ford when he tells the elevator that he wants to go to the 23rd floor?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do the aliens tell Tricia about Elvis?

4. What does Ford realize is odd about the thirteenth floor of the Guide building?

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

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

7. How does Ford stop himself from falling?

8. What are Arthur's plans after arriving at NowWhat?

9. How does the Grebulon ship computer know about the hole in the ship?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss chance and randomness in the novel.

1) How does chance and randomness affect the Earth and its different possibilities in different dimensions?

2) How does the existence of the new Guide destroy chance and randomness?

3) How does chance and randomness affect the characters, for good or ill, in the story?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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