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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 does Holmes believe is the reason Sir Charles went out to the yew alley that night?

2. What does Watson hear alone at night in Chapter 6?

3. What is the actual reason for Dr. Mortimer's consultation with Holmes?

4. What dangerous place on the moor has claimed the lives of several people and animals?

5. What does Watson hear coming from the moor?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is significant about the letter being made up of words from the London Times?

2. Why did Dr. Mortimer advise Sir Charles to go to London?

3. Why does Holmes go into complete seclusion for the rest of the day?

4. Why does Holmes want Watson to report only the facts to him?

5. What is the significance of the strange discovery by Sir Charles's body?

6. What is significant about Holmes's deduction that Sir Charles was actually running?

7. How does Watson feel about Sir Henry?

8. How did Holmes and Watson lose the cab that was following Sir Henry?

9. Based on Watson's examination of the walking-stick, how does he describe Dr. Mortimer?

10. What is Hugo's evil act, as relayed in the manuscript?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the use of foreshadowing in this novel. Using at least three examples, discuss how they are used to indicate the next turn of the plot.

Essay Topic 2

Watson is initially hurt by Holmes's deception of living on the moor, despite Holmes's assurances that Watson's efforts have not been in vain. How do Watson's feelings on this matter reflect upon his character and his relationship with Holmes? How does Holmes's deception and his reaction to Watson discovering him reflect upon himself?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss, from the very beginning, the extent of Stapleton's plot. How was he planning on murdering Sir Charles and, later, Sir Henry? By what means? For what? How does his plotting and adaptability reflect upon his intelligence?

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