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

2. What hours does Wilson work in his job for the Red-Headed League?

3. Who owns the estate McCarthy lives on?

4. What is the weather like in "The Five Orange Pips" when Watson is at Holmes' home?

5. What character does "The Man with the Twisted Lip" begin a description with?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Turner's motive for killing McCarthy?

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

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

5. Describe the objective of "The Red-Headed League".

6. In "A Scandal in Bohemia," what is odd about Doyle's writing style?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is different from many current writers of detective fiction and also from many of his contemporaries in that his work typically doesn't have any extreme plot twists. For which stories is this not true? In these stories, describe the plot twists that occur.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Do you think Holmes is brilliant or just lucky? Defend your argument with examples from the text.

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