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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 do the aliens enjoy monitoring?

2. What does King Antwelm assume?

3. How does Fenchurch vanish?

4. What number does the computer's big mental block seem to have something to do with?

5. What hits the Earth that is the subject of this novel and makes it different from other Earths?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What do the aliens tell Tricia about Elvis?

5. What does Eric want Tricia to do when she gets home?

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

7. Describe the herring sandwich experiment.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the dangers of technological exploration in the novel.

1) What are the dangers of the innate desire to explore and try new things? How does this affect the universe through the development of time travel and space travel in the novel?

2) How does the new Guide represent the dangers of technological exploration?

3) How does NowWhat relate to the dangers of technological exploration?

Essay Topic 2

The novel is science fiction and extensively uses science ideas and concepts. Discuss the role of science in the novel.

1) What scientific concepts does the author use in the novel? What types of scientific ideas does he emphasize?

2) What is the author's view of science? How is science positive and negative? How do the characters view science and technology?

3) How does the novel fit into the science fiction genre?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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