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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. How did the big man get to Holmes's house?

2. What time does Holmes return from his researching?

3. Why does Helen say she cannot be certain of what she heard in the hall that night?

4. Who are the young lady's step-father's only friends?

5. How many bedrooms are located on the ground floor of the estate?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Holmes ask of Watson after Helen leaves, and how does Watson respond?

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

3. How does Holmes figure out the young lady's mode of transportation to his house?

4. Aside from the money and the estate, what was the other legacy handed down to the Roylott men?

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

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

7. How does Sherlock Holmes respond to the woman's statement about when she can pay him?

8. What does Holmes do as he is driven out to the house, and what does this mean?

9. What did Helen hear when she left her room after hearing Julia scream?

10. What did the coroner find after examining Julia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Irony was a strong theme in this book. What are some of the instances where Irony was present, and how did these ironic events affect the characters involved in those scenes?

Essay Topic 2

What were the different backgrounds of the characters in this plot, and how did these diverse backgrounds affect the course of the plot?

Essay Topic 3

Helen experiences some moments of deep despair in this book. What are some of these moments, what caused them, and how did her reaction to this despair shape the course of the plot?

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