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 is the Vogon captain's primary goal?

2. Whose holographic image does the Guide first project for Random?

3. How wide is the charging herd of Perfectly Normal Beasts?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Ford suggest getting off Arthur's new home planet?

6. How is the Earth finally destroyed?

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

8. What does Random find at the crash site?

9. Describe how the Sandwich Maker makes a sandwich.

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

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 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 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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