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. Once Isa Whitney is found, what must Watson do before he leaves?

2. In "The Five Orange Pips," how are the first and second letter similar?

3. When Holmes solves the case in "The Red-Headed League," what does he determine is the reason for the Red-Headed League?

4. In "A Scandal in Bohemia," when is Holmes' client set to be blackmailed?

5. Who receives the second letter in "The Five Orange Pips?"

Short Essay Questions

1. In "The Man with the Twisted Lip", Watson and Holmes meet up while working on separate cases. What do their two cases have in common?

2. What characteristics of a Holmes mystery does "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" contain?

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

4. Describe Mr. Angel's appearance at the ball.

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

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

7. Describe the plot twist in "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet."

8. In "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet," why does Holder believe his son stole the coronet?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What do you know about the author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? What are his influences in writing Sherlock Holmes?

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