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 Watson doing when he receives a telegram from Holmes in "The Boscombe Valley Mystery?"

2. Which of the following Holmes' characteristics does "A Case of Identity" contain?

3. At the end of the case, what happens to the Red-Headed League?

4. Which character in "The Man with the Twisted Lip" is addicted to opium?

5. In "The Man with the Twisted Lip," what is found in the water?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle," what does Holmes deduce about the owner of the hat.

3. How is "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches" similar to "The Adventures of the Speckled Band?"

4. What turn of events does "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" end with?

5. In "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor," Inspector Lestrade shows Holmes a piece of evidence. What part of the note is most interesting to Holmes?

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

7. In "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle," what does Holmes do with the criminal at the end of the story?

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

9. In "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb," how does Victor escape after Stark tries to kill him?

10. In "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb," what does Colonel Lysander ask Victor to do in the country?

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

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 3

In more than one story, Holmes decides the fate of criminals, taking justice into his own hands. Analyze this aspect of Holmes character. Is it appropriate for Holmes to override the justice system? What are the qualities of the criminals Holmes most frequently lets go?

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