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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. Where does Holmes plan to meet with Helen?

2. What did Helen think Julia's last words referred to?

3. What is the name of the young lady's twin sister?

4. What is unique about the case written about in this book?

5. What does Holmes pull over his face while he travels to the house?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Holmes figure out Roylott was using a snake?

2. When does the young lady say she will be able to pay Holmes, and why?

3. What kept Helen awake on the night her twin sister died?

4. What did the coroner find after examining Julia?

5. What does Holmes do when he hears that Julia died?

6. What instructions does Holmes give Helen before he leaves to his Inn for the night?

7. Why has the narrator waited so long to write this story, and why is he writing it now?

8. What does Watson say is his keenest pleasure in life?

9. What did Helen's mother's will say?

10. What does Holmes think caused the metal clanging sound that Helen heard?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Security and safety were two themes that were touched on a number of times throughout the course of this book. What are some of these instances, and how does this affect the characters in these scenes?

Essay Topic 2

Roylott used manipulation and persuasion to meet his goals and needs. What are some ways he did this, and how did these instances affect the course of the plot?

Essay Topic 3

What kind of payment did Holmes receive for solving this unusual case, and what does this indicate about his character? Why do you think this detail was significant enough for the author to include it in this narrative?

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