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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 Tricia fixing herself when she goes outside to see what the strange lights are?

2. Why does Ford think the men in the editor's office are from InfiniDim Enterprises?

3. What is in Arthur's motel room for protection against boghogs?

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. How does Ford get the new Guide out of the Guide offices?

2. What comes out of the trees toward Random, as she goes through the woods?

3. Explain WSOGMM.

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

5. Describe the herring sandwich experiment.

6. What is odd about the Perfectly Normal Beast?

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

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

9. Why is Random fascinated by Arthur's watch?

10. How does the new Guide arrange a spaceship to come?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss identity in the novel.

1) How do Tricia and Trillian, as two aspects of the same person, exemplify what creates identity?

2) How does Random, as a person who feels without an identity, exemplify what creates identity?

3) What does limited perspective have to do with identity? How does a sense of belonging and a place in the universe relate to identity?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Arthur and Ford are literary foils. Compare their characters and roles in the novel.

1) How do Ford and Arthur react differently to change and risk? How do they understand and respond to the universe differently?

2) What do Ford and Arthur value? How are their points of view different, and how does this relate to their identity? How does it affect their actions and choices?

3) Why does the author use two characters who are opposites? How does it affect the story and the reader?

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