The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Test | Final 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. In "The Adventures of the Engineer's Thumb," what does the engineer try to fix?

2. In "The Adventures of the Engineer's Thumb," what does the engineer do to anger his employer?

3. What is the relationship between St. Simon and Flora Millar?

4. How does the stepfather die in "The Adventure of the Speckled Band?"

5. Who is Holmes' client in "The Adventure of the Speckled Band?"

Short Essay Questions

1. In "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet," how does Holder end up with the Beryl Coronet?

2. In "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," why does Helen go to see Holmes?

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

4. In "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches," why does Mr. Rucastle hire Miss Violet Hunter?

5. In "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb," what does Holmes deduce the machine is used for?

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

7. What is Holder's niece's involvement with the stolen coronet?

8. In "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle," as the policeman tries to stop a gang beating up a man, what two items does the victim drop before running off?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sets his mysteries of Sherlock Holmes mainly in London in the late 19th century, commonly known as the Victorian Era. Describe the setting of the mysteries and analyze effect setting has on the plot.

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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