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Quiz about The Firsts of Holmes
Quiz about The Firsts of Holmes

The Firsts of Holmes Trivia Quiz


Conan Doyle is my favorite author and Sherlock Holmes my favorite character. The rules for this quiz are simple. I give you the first line of a short story, and you have to identify it. Shouldn't be too difficult for true Sherlockians!

A multiple-choice quiz by anubhav1990. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
anubhav1990
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
283,117
Updated
Jul 23 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
974
Awards
Top 10% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. "To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman." Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. "I had called upon my friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, one day in the autumn of last year and found him in deep conversation with a very stout, florid-faced, elderly gentleman with fiery red hair." Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. "Of all the problems which have been submitted to my friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, for solution during the years of our intimacy, there were only two which I was the means of introducing to his notice." Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. "It is with a heavy heart that I take up my pen to write these the last words in which I shall ever record the singular gifts by which my friend Mr. Sherlock Holmes was distinguished." Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. "We have had some dramatic entrances and exits upon our small stage at Baker Street, but I cannot recollect anything more sudden and startling than the first appearance of Thorneycroft Huxtable, M.A., Ph.D., etc." Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. "The ideas of my friend Watson, though limited, are exceedingly pertinacious." Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. "It was pleasant to Dr. Watson to find himself once more in the untidy room of the first floor in Baker Street which had been the starting-point of so many remarkable adventures." Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. "I don't think that any of my adventures with Mr. Sherlock Holmes opened quite so abruptly, or so dramatically, as that which I associate with The Three Gables." Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. "The Lord St. Simon marriage, and its curious termination, have long ceased to be a subject of interest in those exalted circles in which the unfortunate bridegroom moves." Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. "Isa Whitney, brother of the late Elias Whitney, D.D., Principal of the Theological College of St. George's, was much addicted to opium." Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. "To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman."

Answer: A Scandal in Bohemia

This case is remarkable for many reasons. It is the first Sherlock Holmes story written by Doyle. The client was from a royal family. It's one of the few cases in which Holmes wishes he had brought the "business to a more successful conclusion". It was "entirely free of any legal crime". And most important, it drastically changed Holmes's opinion about the cleverness of the fair sex. 'The woman' is none other than Irene Adler.
2. "I had called upon my friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, one day in the autumn of last year and found him in deep conversation with a very stout, florid-faced, elderly gentleman with fiery red hair."

Answer: The Red-headed League

In this, Holmes detects and defeats "in the most complete manner one of the most determined attempts at bank robbery". Here it is the criminal who has royal blood in him.
The plot of "The Stock-broker's Clerk" is quite similar, though "The Red-headed League" is far more superior in my opinion.
3. "Of all the problems which have been submitted to my friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, for solution during the years of our intimacy, there were only two which I was the means of introducing to his notice."

Answer: The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb

It was 'so strange in its inception and so dramatic in its details' that Watson thought it 'worthy of being placed upon record', even though it gave Holmes 'fewer openings for those deductive methods of reasoning by which he achieved such remarkable results'.
"Colonel Warburton's Madness" is one of the unchronicled cases, and the only other which Watson brought to Holmes's notice rather than the other way round.
The plot of "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb" is quite similar to that of "The Greek Interpreter" which also happens to be the case in which the reader is introduced to Sherlock's elder brother, Mycroft.
4. "It is with a heavy heart that I take up my pen to write these the last words in which I shall ever record the singular gifts by which my friend Mr. Sherlock Holmes was distinguished."

Answer: The Final Problem

In this, Doyle made Holmes history, and the rest, as they say, is history. The public found it difficult to digest Holmes's death, and Doyle was forced to resurrect Holmes in "The Adventure of the Empty House". The next time Doyle felt he had had enough of Holmes, he preferred to retire him, but the public still wouldn't take 'no' for an answer and Holmes had to make 'repeated farewell bows'.
"The Adventure of the Dying Detective", though not much critically acclaimed, is one of my personal favorites, because of Holmes's sense of humor which is much pronounced in it.
5. "We have had some dramatic entrances and exits upon our small stage at Baker Street, but I cannot recollect anything more sudden and startling than the first appearance of Thorneycroft Huxtable, M.A., Ph.D., etc."

Answer: The Adventure of the Priory School

In this, both Holmes and Watson earn six thousand pounds each. That's at least one advantage of being the sidekick of an internationally famous private consulting detective.
6. "The ideas of my friend Watson, though limited, are exceedingly pertinacious."

Answer: The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier

This is one of the only two stories written by Holmes himself, the only other being "The Adventure of the Lion's Mane". "The Musgrave Ritual" and "The Gloria Scott" (some of Sherlock's earliest cases), though narrated entirely by Holmes to Watson, were still technically written by Watson only for the benefit of the general public.
7. "It was pleasant to Dr. Watson to find himself once more in the untidy room of the first floor in Baker Street which had been the starting-point of so many remarkable adventures."

Answer: The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone

This is the only story, other than "His Last Bow", written as if by a third person. It is also one of my personal favourites, again because of Holmes's sense of humour in it.
8. "I don't think that any of my adventures with Mr. Sherlock Holmes opened quite so abruptly, or so dramatically, as that which I associate with The Three Gables."

Answer: The Adventure of the Three Gables

Okay, so I expect everyone to score on at least this question.
You might have noticed that the opening line of this story is quite similar to that of "The Adventure of the Priory School".
I like this story, and I've got tired of saying this again and again, because of Holmes's sense of humor; for example "I was wondering whether he could have buried something. Of course, when people bury treasure nowadays they do it in the Post-Office bank. But there are always some lunatics about. It would be a dull world without them."
9. "The Lord St. Simon marriage, and its curious termination, have long ceased to be a subject of interest in those exalted circles in which the unfortunate bridegroom moves."

Answer: The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor

In this story, Holmes forms his 'conclusions as to the case' simply from the newspaper clippings, because he had 'notes of several similar cases'. Now that's what I call expertise!
10. "Isa Whitney, brother of the late Elias Whitney, D.D., Principal of the Theological College of St. George's, was much addicted to opium."

Answer: The Man with the Twisted Lip

This story is a marked departure from the client-in-distress-calls-upon-Holmes format. Watson goes to an opium den to recover Isa, only to find Holmes in disguise, not that he could see through the disguise. Again, this is a story 'entirely free of any legal crime'.
Source: Author anubhav1990

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