Mostly Harmless Test | Final 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 hunters have to do to kill the Perfectly Normal Beasts for food?

2. How long do Ford and Arthur spend trying to catch the attention of a Perfectly Normal Beast?

3. How does Colin feel when Ford tells him about his impending fate?

4. What does Random do with the rag given to her by the creature in the forest?

5. After Ford and Arthur ride through to the desert world, what does Ford tell Arthur to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe how the Sandwich Maker makes a sandwich.

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

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

6. How does Ford suggest getting off Arthur's new home planet?

7. How was Ford saved the second time he jumped out the window of the Guide building?

8. What do Ford and Arthur talk about as they ride the Perfectly Normal Beast away?

9. How does the interview between Tricia and Random go?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the nature of being human as it is presented in the novel.

1) How do alien races in the novel emphasize what it means to be human by being different from human beings?

2) How do alien races in the novel emphasize what it means to be human by exhibiting and exaggerating human characteristics?

3) How do Arthur, Tricia, and Random represent the human race in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

The novel is science fiction and extensively uses science ideas and concepts. Discuss the role of science in the novel.

1) What scientific concepts does the author use in the novel? What types of scientific ideas does he emphasize?

2) What is the author's view of science? How is science positive and negative? How do the characters view science and technology?

3) How does the novel fit into the science fiction genre?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the limitations of knowledge in the novel.

1) How does identity and perspective limit knowledge in the novel?

2) How do the limitations of knowledge doom the characters to being unsuccessful in stopping the new Guide from achieving its goal?

3) In what ways are limitations of knowledge good and bad in the novel?

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