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. What does Helen mutter about before dying?

2. What time of year is it at the beginning of "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle?"

3. According to Holmes' directions, what must Hunter wait for Mr. Toller to do?

4. In "The Adventures of the Engineer's Thumb," why does the main character go to see Watson?

5. In "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches," why does Mr. Rucastle not want his daughter to get married?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. In "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," what happens to Julia?

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

6. In "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor," who is the man who accompanies Miss Doran to Holmes' apartment?

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

8. In "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb," before agreeing to work, what does Victor ask Stark?

9. What characteristics of a Holmes mystery does "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" contain?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While it is true that many of these stories involve long monologues of characters recounting the details of past events, there is often taut and sprightly dialogue between Holmes and Watson. Using examples from the text, analyze Doyle's use of dialogue.

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

Analyze the point of view from which the Sherlock Holmes stories are told.

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