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

2. What is the young lady's step-father's occupation?

3. How does Holmes say he learns about people before they speak to him?

4. How does the narrator describe Holmes's deductive abilities?

5. What was Julia holding in her hand when she died?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What did Helen think her sister died from?

8. How did Julia die?

9. What happened to the Roylott fortune?

10. What does Holmes do as Dr. Roylott insults him in his house?

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

Why did Helen come to Holmes for help, and what changed in her life due to this decision?

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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