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. At the end of Chapter 17, what happens as the horse relishes its newfound freedom?

2. After a dead Gordon decides to try to get to his cabin, what does he notice about his body?

3. After Dirk finally stops talking on the phone and welcomes Richard to his agency, he indicates that the light from the window works, gravity works, but with everything else, they simply have to:

4. When Susan walks into her apartment after Richard has listened to parts of her answering machine tape, what does she do?

5. As the Electric Monk's belief in a door in the valley solidifies into the notion that the Door is The Way, what happens?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the mysterious tower the author writes about as the book opens.

2. When Richard leaves Reg's place after seeing a horse in the bathroom, what surprises him about the front door landing?

3. What does Susan decide to do in Chapter 3 after her boyfriend fails to show up?

4. When Susan enters her apartment and finds Richard there, what does she do?

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

6. How does Richard explain to himself the vision he gets of Gordon Way standing in the middle of the road?

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

8. How does Richard locate Dirk Gently's detective agency?

9. Within the context of breaking into Susan's apartment, explain why Richard appears to be someone who makes poor choices.

10. Describe the range of emotions Susan experiences in Chapter 3.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

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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