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1. Adams flippantly depicts the destruction of the planet Earth as a casual, everyday sort of occurence. Why do you think he does this? What impact does it have on the emotional development of the narrative, specifically on Arthur Dent?
2. Trillian's "reappearance" later in the plot thoroughly unsettles Arthur. Why is this character taken from a bit cameo to a full-fledged protaganist? How does Arthur's rivalry with Zaphod alter his behavior?
3. Explore the notion of a manically depressed robot.
4. Adams frequently incorporates absurdist humor into his novel. Can Zaphod be viewed as a satirical caricature of the bumbling politician? Are there other allegories throughout the story?
5. The Heart of Gold's improbability drive features heavily into the storyline. To great lengths, Adams works to have each scene appear as a bizzare, cynical ramble, yet at the end everything ties together. Describe how this plot element and the narrative style mirror each other.
6. How different would the world be, if humans were not the first, nor even the second most intelligent beings on Earth?
7. Despite being practically...well, worthless throughout the entire story, the fate of the universe (at least in part) falls on Arthur Dent's shoulders. How do his common, mundane sensibilities help him when the other characters are unable to act
8. Why 42?