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. How do the aliens get goods from Earth?

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

3. What quality does the new Guide have that causes it to be in every possible universe?

4. For what do Ford and Arthur at first mistake the approaching spring migration of the Perfectly Normal Beasts?

5. In what area of London is Tricia's video editing suite?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the monument that marks the location where the species Vogon Vogonblurtus first appeared.

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does the new Guide arrange a spaceship to come?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

All of the characters have unique and sometimes conflicting perspectives in the novel. Discuss relative perspectives and points of view in the novel.

1) What are the limitations of individual perspectives of characters like Arthur, Ford, Tricia, and Random? How do their perspectives affect their choices?

2) Why does the author emphasize limited, individual perspectives in the novel?

3) How is a limited perspective necessary for understanding and comprehending the world?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the new Guide, its abilities, and its implications in the novel.

1) Why is Ford so concerned about the new Guide and its capabilities?

2) What is the new Guide? How does it operate, and why is it dangerous technology? Why does the Hitchhiker's Guide office want to develop this technology?

3) How is the Guide different from the normal characters that populate the universe? How is it different from objects, machines, and robots? Is it a being, a machine, or something else?

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