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. According to the Guide, are parallel universes parallel, and are they universes?

2. What assignment does the new editor give Ford?

3. What was the old decor of the Hitch Hiker's Guide offices like?

4. Ford replaces the security robot's chip with _______________.

5. What gets hit when Ford ducks to avoid the armored man's weapon?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Arthur recognize the maps of NowWhat?

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

3. What do the aliens tell Tricia about Elvis?

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

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

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

7. At the relocation office, when Arthur imagines himself back on Earth, what does he imagine doing?

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

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

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

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 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

In Mostly Harmless, multiple dimensions or possible universes are converging and crossing over into each other. The characters deal with the full range of possibilities. Discuss multiple dimensions in the novel.

1) What is the WSOGMM? Why is this idea important to the novel?

2) Why is it difficult or impossible for any one person to comprehend the totality of dimensions or universes? Why is it dangerous for the Guide to comprehend everything?

3) How do multiple potential possibilities affect the characters in the novel? How does the existence of multiple potential possibilities allow the new Guide to manipulate reality?

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