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. Who is Holmes' client in "The Red-Headed League?

2. Describe Holmes' client in "The Five Orange Pips."

3. In "The Five Orange Pips," why is Watson staying with Holmes?

4. When Holmes begins to solve the case in "A Scandal in Bohemia," what is his disguise?

5. What does Holmes refer to the female character in "A Scandal in Bohemia" as?

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

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

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

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

6. In "A Case of Identity", what is Turner's reaction to being the accused killer?

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

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

9. 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?

10. In "The Red-Headed League", why does Holmes want to look at Spaulding's knees?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the characteristics of a Sherlock Holmes mystery? Use examples from the short stories to support your points.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Holmes uses the process of deduction in solving his cases. Contrast this with more traditional detective work using inductive reasoning. What are the similarities and differences between these two types of reasoning?

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