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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the new Guide transform into when it opens itself?

2. What does Ford plan to use to buy the spaceship?

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

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

5. What middle name does Random give?

Essay 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

Discuss the role of fate and free will in the novel.

1) Do the characters in the novel have free will? Do their circumstances and personalities force them into specific roles and choices?

2) Does the existence of the new Guide eliminate free will?

3) How does the existence of multiple dimensions, representing different potential realities, relate to fate and free will? If all possibilities exist, is there any real choice or free will?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss identity in the novel.

1) How do Tricia and Trillian, as two aspects of the same person, exemplify what creates identity?

2) How does Random, as a person who feels without an identity, exemplify what creates identity?

3) What does limited perspective have to do with identity? How does a sense of belonging and a place in the universe relate to identity?

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