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

2. What does Ford use to open the window?

3. After the weapon is discharged, what does Ford decide to do?

4. How does Fenchurch vanish?

5. What does Ford do instinctively when he enters the virtual reality?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Tricia think is happening when the spaceship lands in her yard?

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

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

6. How does the Grebulon ship computer know about the hole in the ship?

7. Explain WSOGMM.

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

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

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

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

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

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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