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. After Gordon dies and steps out of his body, what does he find surprising?

2. In Chapter 13, who breaks into someone's apartment?

3. What is the relationship between Richard MacDuff and private investigator Dirk Gently?

4. What happens after the Electric Monk and his horse walk through a small wooden door in the valley?

5. In Dirk's office, he and Richard talk about Schrodinger's Cat, which is what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author utilize foreshadowing with the character Gordon Way?

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

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

4. Why and how does Reg entertain Sarah, a bored little girl attending the Coleridge dinner?

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

6. What happens when the Electric Monk believes that Sergeant Gilks is a god?

7. What did Richard do before working for WayForward Technologies?

8. Explain why Dirk hypnotizes Richard.

9. How does Reg behave when he takes Dirk and Richard with him back in time to a rain forest?

10. What does Richard see the first time that he goes to Dirk's agency?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In this book, the paranormal is normal. Cite three instances where a paranormal activity is treated like a perfectly normal occurrence.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Dirk Gently's interactions and conversations with his clients. Why are they angry with him? How does he justify his charges? Is he a good detective, or is he taking advantage of people? Support your answers with passages from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Susan Way, Gordon Way, and Richard MacDuff are intricately connected through their various roles. Explain the interconnections between these three characters. Why does Gordon try to use Susan to put pressure on Richard? How does Susan feel about Gordon pressuring her? What are Susan's expectations of Richard? What are Gordon's expectations of Richard? At times, how does Richard find himself caught in the middle between Gordon's and Susan's demands? How do Susan and Richard resolve their issues by the end of the story?

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