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. What condition is Ford in when Arthur discovers him?

3. Where does Random throw Arthur's watch?

4. What does Arthur see Ford doing after the shooting at the club?

5. To whom is the parcel that the robot drone delivers to Arthur addressed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the man who accosts Ford and Arthur when they enter the London club say?

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

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

4. How is the Earth finally destroyed?

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

6. What does the owner of the spaceship that Ford tries to buy tell him?

7. What worries Ford about what's happened during his visit to the Guide?

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

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

10. Why is Tricia upset by the video footage she has brought back from her trip into space?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mostly Harmless is a humorous novel. Discuss the author's humor and how he uses humor in the novel.

1) What kinds of humor does the author use? How are the characters, situations, and ideas in the novel humorous?

2) How does the ending, and the destruction of Earth, fit in with the humorous nature of the novel?

3) What kinds of liberties does humor allow the author to take? How does humor allow the author to create wildly improbable situations and events?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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