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 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:

2. After Gordon dies and looks at his body, what upsets him?

3. In Chapter 12, after Richard goes home and pours himself a brandy, the author says there are three reasons he starts to shake, including what?

4. What happens when Richard scans Susan Way's answering machine tape in search of his own message?

5. Reg's memory is starting to fade, but he's still good at what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Explain how Dirk toys with Richard after spotting him breaking into an apartment.

9. Why can't Richard bring Susan to the French restaurant, L'Esprit d'Escalier?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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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