Mostly Harmless Test | 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 is Tricia's camera pointing at when the spacecraft she is on lands on Rupert?

2. Why is it difficult to tell Random's age?

3. What does Random do when Ford begs her not to steal his ship and leave him alone in the forest with a head injury?

4. After Ford and Arthur ride through to the desert world, what does Ford tell Arthur to do?

5. What food do the aliens feed Tricia?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the ability to discover and perceive truth in the novel.

1) How do the limitations of knowledge and perception affect the ability to discover truth in the novel? How does it affect Tricia's ability to share her knowledge of the existence of aliens?

2) How is Ford's desire to find out the truth behind the new Guide inhibited by the limits of knowledge and perception?

3) Why are characters in the novel unwilling to try to discover truth? Why do scientists find truth muddled and confusing? Why do characters like the Lamuellans not want to delve into mysteries like the Perfectly Normal Beasts?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the nature of being human as it is presented in the novel.

1) How do alien races in the novel emphasize what it means to be human by being different from human beings?

2) How do alien races in the novel emphasize what it means to be human by exhibiting and exaggerating human characteristics?

3) How do Arthur, Tricia, and Random represent the human race in the novel?

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