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 condition is Ford in when Arthur discovers him?

2. What food do the aliens feed Tricia?

3. What causes the woman who arrives in the spacecraft to head toward the Sandwich Maker's house?

4. Who will take over Arthur's sandwich-making after he leaves?

5. What do the Grebulons generally do on long spaceflights?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Arthur use Ford's towel to attract a Perfectly Normal Beast?

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

4. What is odd about the Perfectly Normal Beast?

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

6. What sort of review does Ford give the Bar & Grill?

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

8. How is the Earth finally destroyed?

9. What does Random find at the crash site?

10. Describe how the Sandwich Maker makes a sandwich.

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

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

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?

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