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. Who rioted in the streets, coincidentally at a time when office buildings had to be evacuated due to technology failures?

2. What does Ford find that has replaced the piece of furniture for which he aimed?

3. What happens to the Grebulon ship's main computer?

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

5. What does the message from Gail Andrews say?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Hitch Hiker's Guide do to areas where it sets up its offices?

2. What is Ford surprised to find while he's doing what he came to the virtual reality for?

3. How does Ford return the card he stole from his editor?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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