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. At the end of the book, Richard has a phone conversation with Reg during which he learns that:

2. After Dirk saves the world, Richard asks:

3. When Richard and Dirk go to Reg's home, Richard learns that:

4. As Richard and Dirk talk with the ancient alien ghost, trying to fully understand his story, Richard comes up with the theory that perhaps ghosts:

5. Richard presses Reg to explain how he got the salt shaker into the old Greek pot, and Reg replies that:

Short Essay Questions

1. Susan keeps getting phone calls where all she hears is a faint wind. What are these calls about?

2. Why does Richard jump into a canal?

3. What happens when the Electric Monk believes that Sergeant Gilks is a god?

4. Why do Dirk and Reg seem so familiar with each other?

5. When Michael Wenton-Weakes wakes up in a strange mood, what has he just dreamed about?

6. Explain how Dirk and Richard feel about ghosts.

7. What does Michael reveal to drunken train travelers when he is possessed by an ancient alien ghost?

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

9. Why does Dirk purchase an easy to use phone with large red push-buttons for his detective agency?

10. Why has Michael brought scuba gear with him to Reg's time machine?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

All the seemingly unconnected pieces of the author's big puzzle come together near the end. Describe three key pieces of the puzzle that lead the main characters to realize that the human race is in danger if the alien ghost is allowed to carry out his plans.

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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