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

2. In "The Five Orange Pips," what happens to Joseph?

3. What is Wilson instructed to copy in his job for the Red-Headed League?

4. In "A Scandal in Bohemia," what is unusual about the visitor who comes to Holmes' apartment?

5. In "The Red-Headed League," what does Holmes ask Watson to bring with him at night?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Holmes' plan to recover the picture in "A Scandal in Bohemia?"

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

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

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

7. What does Peter Jones think of Holmes detective work in "The Red-Headed League"?

8. In "The Five Orange Pips", where are each of the letters sent from?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a literary critique of "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes". What does the author do well? How do the stories fit together as a whole? What do you think of Doyle's writing style? Would you recommend "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" to a friend? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Select one of the short stories in this collection. Analyze the story's plot structure. Does it follow a traditional plot diagram?

Essay Topic 3

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

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