The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul 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. What kind of wares does the shop that Dirk goes into sell?

2. Where is the village located where Woodshead is?

3. What did someone drop on Thor once to provoke him?

4. Who is the leader of the band that recorded "Hot Potato"?

5. What is the name of the person who writes horoscopes for the newspaper?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dirk think of the group of waiters when they are waiting around at the Islington cafe?

2. What does Dirk think he should do to the Draycotts in regards to his suspicions about them concerning Anstey's death?

3. What does Dirk say of Kate's driving skills and how does he justify this observation?

4. Why does the neighborhood on Lupton Road 'resent' the police cars that are parked there?

5. How does Thor describe himself to Kate and how does she react?

6. What does Dirk think of the subconscious mind?

7. How do Toe Rag and the green-eyed monster try to escape from Valhalla?

8. What does Sally Mills say about Dirk's appearance at the hospital?

9. What is Dirk's impression of the eagle when he sees it in the street?

10. How is Dirk's denial about his smoking habit shown in Chapter 25?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the details of Odin's contract. What does he stand to gain from the contract? Who is it with? What does the other party gain from the contract?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the symbolism of the Draycotts in the book. What do they do for a living? How do they compare symbolically with Thor and Odin?

Essay Topic 3

Explain Dirk's encounter with Sally Mills at the cafe. Why is he in the cafe in the first place? What does she do to help him? Is he deserving of her help? Why or why not?

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