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 is the purpose of the Red-Headed League?

2. In "A Case of Identity," what does Holmes need in order to solve the case?

3. In "The Five Orange Pips," what happens to the ship, the Lone Star?

4. What is the motivation for the murder in "The Boscombe Valley Mystery?"

5. Who is Holmes' client in "A Case of Identity?"

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are the main characters in "A Case of Identity"?

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

3. In "A Case of Identity", how does Holmes solve the case?

4. In "The Man with the Twisted Lip", why does St. Clair disguise himself as Boone?

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

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

7. In "A Scandal in Bohemia," Holmes goes out disguised as a drunken stable worker to Miss Adler's stable. What happens when he follows Miss Adler?

8. As "A Case of Identity" begins, what are Watson and Holmes discussing?

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

10. Describe Holmes' process for solving cases.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast two stories from this collection.

Essay Topic 2

In "The Man with the Twisted Lip," Holmes and Watson often travel in the underbelly of London. Additionally, Holmes is somewhat addicted to morphine and cocaine. The story has Holmes and Watson going deep into the underground world of opium dens and beggars. In an essay, analyze the theme of social realism, as attempted by Doyle.

Essay Topic 3

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

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