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. Where is it said that wisdom and truth are to be found?

2. What does Tricia think the air smells like in New York in fall?

3. What is the one ambition of the individuals on the planet NowWhat?

4. What does Tricia think monitoring Earth must be like?

5. How do the aliens say Tricia looks different in real life?

Short Essay Questions

1. What prevents Tricia from going though with her plans for the evening on the day she returns from New York?

2. What does Ford steal from his new editor?

3. According to Eric the gardener, what happened to Mrs. Williams' cat?

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

5. How do the aliens on Arthur's new planet physically differ from humans?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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