The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 body part of Spaulding's does Holmes want to see?

2. What does Mrs. St. Clair receive from her husband letting her know he is alright?

3. In "The Man with the Twisted Lip," what does Holmes do with the person he is investigating?

4. What is the crime committed in "A Case of Identity?"

5. According to Watson's medical investigation in "The Boscombe Valley Mystery," from which angle did the fatal blow come?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the objective of "The Red-Headed League".

2. In "A Case of Identity", what does Holmes decide to do with the information he has found on Turner?

3. Doyle typically uses a character from a foreign land in his stories. Describe how he uses this in "The Five Orange Pips".

4. How is "The Five Orange Pips" similar to "A Scandal in Bohemia"?

5. In "The Five Orange Pips", where are each of the letters sent from?

6. In "A Scandal in Bohemia," what is odd about Doyle's writing style?

7. How does "The Five Orange Pips" end?

8. Why do you think Doyle ends "The Five Orange Pips" with no real resolution?

9. In "The Man with the Twisted Lip", Isa Whitney has an embarrassing habit which she discloses to Watson. What is his embarrassing habit?

10. What dangerous favor does Isa Whitney ask of Watson?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While it is true that many of these stories involve long monologues of characters recounting the details of past events, there is often taut and sprightly dialogue between Holmes and Watson. Using examples from the text, analyze Doyle's use of dialogue.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the genre of the novel. What qualities make it fit that description? Use examples from the text to support your points.

Essay Topic 3

Write a character analysis of Holmes. Include the following: physical description, character traits, family/friends, profession, cases.

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