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. Even though he's a ghost, Gordon grows tired of walking down a deserted road and wonders if he might be able to do what?

3. Why does the founder of WayForward Technologies like to call people and leave long, rambling messages on their answering machines?

4. While Richard drives and leaves a lengthy message of apology on Susan's answering machine, he swerves because he sees 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. How does Richard locate Dirk Gently's detective agency?

2. Explain why Gordon is upset after he dies.

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

4. Why does Dirk Gently get kicked out of college?

5. As a ghostly Gordon makes his way to his cottage, what does he ponder?

6. What does Gordon Way do on the last day of his life?

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

8. How does Gordon Way, founder of WayForward Technologies, flesh out his numerous business ideas?

9. When Richard asks one of Reg's neighbors about the horse, what response does he get?

10. What happens when Gordon Way gets out of his car to check his trunk?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Expand upon the following themes covered extensively in this book:

1. The cause and effect nature of making choices.

2. The interconnectedness of all occurrences, especially those that seem random.

Essay Topic 2

Does Dirk Gently save the human race from total extinction, as he claims that he does? Does he save the day by himself or with help from others? Explain in detail.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the reasons that Reg chooses to time travel with his time machine. How does Dirk feel about the professor's reasons? How does the professor contradict himself when he says that he doesn't affect the past? At what point does the professor realize that he's been time traveling irresponsibly?

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