Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Test | Mid-Book 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. One of Dirk's roommates notices that he's reciting what while he sleeps?

2. At the opening of Chapter 4, Richard MacDuff is walking across the campus of St. Cedd's with whom?

3. In Chapter 3, Susan Way tells Michael to do what?

4. Reg explains to Richard that his position was created by King George the Third to answer what?

5. The author notes that even though a rider may sit on a horse all day long and not think about the creature, the one being sat upon:

Short Essay Questions

1. Dirk Gently doesn't appear in earnest until about a third of the way into the story. Is he the main character, or is someone else the main character of the story?

2. In Chapter 2, why is the Electric Monk completely still as he sits atop his horse?

3. What types of phone conversations does Dirk have at his detective agency?

4. Why does Richard dislike Michael Wenton-Weakes?

5. By the end of the first chapter, what appears to have happened to the tower?

6. What is an Electric Monk?

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

8. What belief system does the Electric Monk subscribe to after he starts doubting that the valley before him is pink?

9. Why is the Electric Monk confused after killing Gordon?

10. How does Richard discover that his boss, Gordon, has been murdered?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how the following characters provide welcome comic relief at various points in the story:

1. The Electric Monk.

2. Richard the successful programmer.

3. Professor Urban Chronotis.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Irony is a tool the author uses extensively in this book. List three instances where irony is used in situations involving one of the following characters:

Gordon, Richard, and Reg.

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