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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 the strange visitor say is making her shake?

2. How much money would Julia have gotten had she been wed?

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

4. How does the big man describe himself before he leaves?

5. What did Julia's body NOT show signs of?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Holmes notice on Helen's wrist, and what is said after this discovery?

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

3. What happened to the Roylott fortune?

4. Why does Holmes tell Helen not to fear her step-father's intellect anymore?

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

6. What does Holmes do on the lawn after his investigation of Roylott's room?

7. What was heard just after Holmes hit at the bell pull?

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

9. What did Holmes find out about Helen's mother's will?

10. Why does Holmes not believe that repairs are being done on Helen's old room?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The characters in this book all had their own goals and motivations. Select four characters and write their main motivation throughout the book and how this goal affects the characters around them.

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