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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. The Electric Monk is:

2. In Chapter 12, after Richard swerves wildly, slams on the brakes, and skids to a stop, he finds himself on the road:

3. When Reg prepares tea for Richard, he ends up spilling it all over the floor. What causes him to do this?

4. When Richard calls L'Esprit d'Escalier, what does he find out?

5. After college and after several failed jobs, Richard MacDuff has achieved great success in what field?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the little girl, Sarah, pass around a pot at the Coleridge dinner?

2. Explain why Dirk hypnotizes Richard.

3. Why does Richard dislike Michael Wenton-Weakes?

4. After forgetting to take Susan to the Coleridge dinner, how does Richard make things worse with her?

5. When Michael Wenton-Weakes wakes up in a strange mood, what has he just dreamed about?

6. Why does Dirk want Richard to ask Reg about his conjuring act?

7. When Richard and his friends board the alien's mothership that has been orbiting Earth undetected for billions of years, what fills him with awe?

8. Describe similarities and differences between WayForward Technologies I and II.

9. Why is the answering machine tape Dirk finds in Richard's apartment important?

10. Explain why Gordon is upset after he dies.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Cite three examples from the book where the author uses foreshadowing to alert the reader of events to come. Why is foreshadowing such an important storytelling tool for Douglas Adams? How does it enhance his writing style?

Essay Topic 2

Relationships in this story are complicated. Analyze the complexities and nuances of the following relationships:

1. Richard and Susan.

2. Dirk and Reg.

3. The Electric Monk and his horse.

Essay Topic 3

Dirk and Richard regard ghosts differently, with one being more accepting and the other more skeptical. Using examples from the book, compare and contrast how these two friends regard the concept of ghosts.

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