Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 28, Reg explains that for several months he hadn't been using the time machine because:

2. What does the ghost say about possessing Michael?

3. Why does Richard call Susan after Dirk gives him the details of Gordon's death a second time?

4. What three magic words has the Electric Monk been saying to people after listening to their troubles?

5. After Dirk saves the whole human race from extinction, what does he crave?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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