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 song does Ford ask the singer at the Bar & Grill to perform?

3. What does Ford order that Arthur doesn't want to eat?

4. What does Old Thrashberg say is needed to attract the attention of a Perfectly Normal Beast?

5. How does Random respond when the Guide offers to stop saying potentially offensive words?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Random find at the crash site?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss language in the novel and the author's use of language.

1) How does the author play with language? How does the author create humor by manipulating language?

2) How does the author use irony in the novel? What other types of figurative language does the author use?

3) How does the author use naming and terminology in the book? What is the significance of the names of planets, objects, scientific ideas, and characters?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss chance and randomness in the novel.

1) How does chance and randomness affect the Earth and its different possibilities in different dimensions?

2) How does the existence of the new Guide destroy chance and randomness?

3) How does chance and randomness affect the characters, for good or ill, in the story?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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