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 wide is the charging herd of Perfectly Normal Beasts?

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

3. What creates the signal that Ford homes in on to arrive at the planet?

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

5. Where does Arthur put the parcel?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the new Guide demonstrate with a laser and the rain?

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

4. How does Arthur use Ford's towel to attract a 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. Describe the monument that marks the location where the species Vogon Vogonblurtus first appeared.

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

9. How is the Earth finally destroyed?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss social satire in the novel.

1) How does the Guide and its offices serve as social satire? How does it represent large corporations in the real world? How does the story of the failed air control system for offices compare to this satire, as a social satire of technology?

2) How do the Vogons function as social satire? What types of people and organizations do they satire? How is bureaucracy depicted?

3) What other elements of social satire are present in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss communication in the novel.

1) What types of failures of communication appear in the novel? How do Ford and Arthur fail to communicate with each other?

2) How do Arthur and Random fail to communicate with each other? Why does Random have such difficulty communicating?

3) What is the relationship between differing perspectives and failed communication in the novel?

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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