Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Test | Final 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. When Richard visits Susan to comfort her after Gordon's death, the phone rings; Richard answers it and hears what?

2. Reg's resistance to the poltergeist results in what?

3. When Dirk listens to the answering machine tape found in Richard's apartment, he realizes that:

4. The ancient alien ghost explains that he and his party landed on Earth for what?

5. In order to stop the alien ghost from preventing life from starting on Earth, Richard, Reg and Dirk travel forward to:

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Richard jump into a canal?

2. How does the alien ghost communicate with Dirk, Richard, and Reg?

3. Explain how the book's opening scene is repeated near the end of the book, but with a twist.

4. How is the alien ghost responsible for life on Earth?

5. How does Dirk use the time machine to stop Michael from following the ghost's orders on primordial Earth?

6. At the end of the book, how does Richard finally do right by Susan?

7. How does Reg get the salt shaker into young Sarah's old Greek pot?

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

9. When Richard and his friends board the alien's mothership that has been orbiting Earth undetected for billions of years, what fills him with awe?

10. Why does Dirk want Richard to ask Reg about his conjuring act?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how the following characters provide welcome comic relief at various points in the story:

1. The Electric Monk.

2. Richard the successful programmer.

3. Professor Urban Chronotis.

Essay Topic 2

Props and objects are strongly associated with specific characters. Explain the association between the following characters and their props and the importance of each object:

1. Susan and her cello.

2. Reg and his abacus.

3. Richard and his sofa.

Essay Topic 3

Irony is a tool the author uses extensively in this book. List three instances where irony is used in situations involving one of the following characters:

Gordon, Richard, and Reg.

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