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. Why does Holder take the Coronet home with him?

2. In "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches," what is the role of Mr. Rucastle?

3. How does Moulton contact Doran on her wedding day?

4. What happens to Holder's niece?

5. How does Holmes know the owner of the hat's wife no longer loves him in "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle?"

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. In "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor", what happens to the couple after their marriage ceremony?

5. 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?

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

7. In "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet," why does Holder believe his son stole the coronet?

8. Why is "The Adventures of the Speckled Band" more of a favorite than "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches?"

9. What happens to Lord St. Simon on his wedding day in "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor?"

10. What is Ryder's role in the theft of the blue carbuncle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What do you know about the author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? What are his influences in writing Sherlock Holmes?

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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