Wednesday, February 16, 2011

"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" Study Questions

You are required to read two Sherlock Holmes stories: “The Red-Headed League” and “The Speckled Band.” You can read additional stories if you so choose. Answer all questions on a blank sheet of paper using complete sentences. Questions due Tuesday, March 2.

“The Red-Headed League” Study Questions

1. Holmes lists the “obvious facts” that he deduces from Mr. Jabez Wilson’s appearance. What are two such facts and from what observations was Holmes able to deduce them?

2. At the conclusion of the story, Holmes explains to Watson how he guessed the truth. What was the purpose of Clay’s hiring Mr. Wilson to copy the Encyclopedia? What was Clay doing in the cellar? How did Holmes know Clay would attempt to rob the bank that night?

“The Speckled Band” Study Questions

1. What was the “Speckled Band”? What clues did Holmes use to figure out what it was?

2. Who was guilty and what was their motive?

General Questions

1. Describe Holmes’ method of deduction. What makes it successful?

2. Do you like Holmes? Explain why or why not you find his character likable.

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