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 do boghogs do to communicate?

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

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

4. How old was Ford when he was given his first towel?

5. What does Ford use to open the window?

Short Essay Questions

1. What concerns Gail about her interview with Tricia?

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

3. What does Ford steal from his new editor?

4. What animal do the armed men in the editor's office remind Ford of?

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

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

7. Describe the herring sandwich experiment.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The characters in the novel seek a sense of belonging. Discuss belonging in the novel.

1) What causes characters in the novel to feel a sense of belonging or a lack of belonging?

2) Why does Arthur try to seek out Earth? How does he try to find a sense of belonging after failing? What allows him to finally find a sense of belonging?

3) How does Random seek a sense of belonging? How does Arthur's watch provide a possibility of belonging?

4) How does Trillian seek a sense of belonging? How does Tricia seek a sense of belonging, and how does she lack one, even though she is still on Earth?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss communication in the novel.

1) What types of failures of communication appear in the novel? How do Ford and Arthur fail to communicate with each other?

2) How do Arthur and Random fail to communicate with each other? Why does Random have such difficulty communicating?

3) What is the relationship between differing perspectives and failed communication in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Random's character.

1) How is Random incomplete as a person? Why does she lack a sense of belonging and identity? How does this affect her personality?

2) What is the meaning of Random's name? What role does randomness and chance play in her existence?

3) Why does Random react the way she does to her mother, her father, the Guide, Tricia, and Earth? Why does she need to open the package from Ford? Why does she need to take apart Arthur's watch?

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