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. Where was Random born?

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

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

4. What do the other two creatures give her?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't Arthur's watch tell the right time?

2. Why is Ford worried about the new Guide?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

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?

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