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 high are the poles in the village of poles that Arthur goes to?

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

3. What do the aliens tell Tricia when she asks their names?

4. What does Eric promise Tricia he will take a look at?

5. Where do Tricia and Gail Andrews go to talk?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tricia learn when she calls her television station from the editing booth?

2. What does Random find at the crash site?

3. What are Arthur's plans after arriving at NowWhat?

4. What does the first prayer that the prophet on the pole gives Arthur ask to protect him from?

5. Describe the herring sandwich experiment.

6. How does Ford react when he first sees a pikka bird?

7. How does Arthur recognize the maps of NowWhat?

8. Why doesn't Arthur's watch tell the right time?

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

10. How does the security robot act after Ford alters it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Tricia and Trillian are two possible lives of one person. Discuss Tricia and Trillian in the novel.

1) How are Tricia and Trillian similar? How are they different? What does this say about the effect of external factors on personality and identity?

2) What roles do randomness and chance play in Tricia and Trillian's fate? What does this say about the nature of randomness and chance?

3) How would Tricia and Trillian react to each other if they met and got a chance to interact? What would they think of each other?

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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