The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

''The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'' is a popular novel by Douglas Adams, beloved for its absurdity. Help students explore the novel on a deeper level through a guided class discussion.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Written by British author Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is celebrated for its humor, surrealism, and distinct approach to science fiction. It's no wonder book has been adapted several times into radio programs, television shows, and film. The following questions are intended for high school students, but can easily be adapted to middle school classrooms, if desired. Use these questions to help guide a class discussion about the book's plot, characters, and themes.

Questions about Characters and Plot

  • Describe the plot of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in a single sentence. What is this story about?
  • How does the story begin? How does this help to introduce the main protagonist? How would you describe Arthur Dent? How does this introduction set up the main plot of the novel?
  • Who is Ford Prefect? How are we introduced to Ford? What is the relationship like between Arthur and Ford? Why was Ford really on Earth? Why does he like towels so much?
  • Why are Ford and Arthur captured by the Vogons? What are the Vogons like? How is this demonstrated in the story? How are the Vogons both similar and different from Arthur?
  • How are we introduced to Zaphod and Trillian? Where are they headed? What is significant about Magrathea? What obstacles do the heroes have to overcome in order to get to Magrathea? How do they overcome these obstacles? What happens at Magrathea?
  • What is the climax of this novel? How is the main conflict resolved? What did you think of this resolution? How does The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy end?

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