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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 neighbors feel when the young lady's step-father returned to his estate?

2. Who does Holmes ask for an opinion on the case?

3. How did the young lady's mother die?

4. Who does Holmes see walking along the path to the house?

5. What was the occupation of the young lady's father before he died?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to the Roylott fortune?

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

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

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

5. What did the coroner find after examining Julia?

6. How does Watson describe the young lady who has come to consult with Holmes in this case?

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

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

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

10. What does Roylott say and do just before he leaves Holmes's house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Julia is an important character who makes a big difference in the plot even though she had passed on before the narrative began. How does she accomplish this? What are some ways that the inclusion of the memories of this character altered the outcome of the plot? What would have happened differently if Julia had not been mentioned in the book at all?

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