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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 say the strange visitor is welcome to do in front of the narrator?

2. What caused the narrator to decide to write about the case after so long?

3. Who does Watson think was with Julia when was in her room?

4. What does Holmes think caused the metal clanging sound?

5. What does the young lady think intensified her step-father's violent tendencies?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What was Julia wearing and holding when she died?

4. What happened to the Roylott fortune?

5. Why was Roylott sent to jail the first time?

6. How is the narrator wakened at the beginning of this story?

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

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

9. What caused Helen to come to Sherlock Holmes on that day?

10. How does Watson describe his first encounter with Dr. Roylott?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Watson was a very objective observer of this case. How did this objectivity in his writing and observation influence the plot?

Essay Topic 3

This book takes place in a few different settings. Describe some of these settings and how they affected the course of the plot. Why might Doyle have chosen these particular places for this plot to take place?

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