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. In "The Red-Headed League," what does Holmes believe is the reason for Wilson's job?

2. In "The Man with the Twisted Lip," what does Holmes do while thinking about the case?

3. From which country do Turner and McCarthy know each other?

4. What is Elias' reaction to the letter he receives?

5. After Holmes accepts Wilson's case in "The Red-Headed League," what does he do to help him think about the case?

Short Essay Questions

1. While pondering the clues of the case in "The Man with the Twisted Lip", what does Holmes do?

2. Where is Mr. St. Clair's coat found and why was it so hard to discover?

3. In "A Case of Identity", how does Holmes determine who the killer is?

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

5. What is the case Holmes takes on in "A Scandal in Bohemia?"

6. Describe Holmes' process for solving cases.

7. Describe the advertisement "The Red-Headed League" places in the newspaper.

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

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. How does Miss Sutherland come into a large sum of money in "A Case of Identity?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a character analysis of Watson. What is Watson's role in the novel? Who do you think is smarter - Watson or Holmes? Why do you think Watson is Holmes friend? What would Holmes be without Watson? How would you describe the relationship between Holmes and Watson?

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

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.

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