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Quiz about Delicious Dialogues
Quiz about Delicious Dialogues

Delicious Dialogues Trivia Quiz


Hello everyone! I've always been amused by Doyle's style of writing, especially his dialogue-writing in Holmes stories. So here's a quiz based on that. All you've to do is to identify the short story from which I've extracted the dialogue. Best of luck!

A multiple-choice quiz by anubhav1990. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
anubhav1990
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
283,207
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
6 / 10
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494
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Question 1 of 10
1. "'We are going well,' said he, looking out of the window and glancing at his watch. 'Our rate at present is fifty-three and a half miles an hour.'
'I have not observed the quarter-mile posts,' said I.
'Nor have I. But the telegraph posts upon this line are sixty yards apart, and the calculation is a simple one.'"

Which story does this passage come from?
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Question 2 of 10
2. "'One horse?' interjected Holmes.
'Yes, only one.'
'Did you observe the colour?'
'Yes, I saw it by the side-lights when I was stepping into the carriage. It was a chestnut.'
'Tired-looking or fresh?'
'Oh, fresh and glossy.'
'Thank you. I am sorry to have interrupted you. Pray continue your most interesting statement.'"

Which story does THIS passage come from?
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Question 3 of 10
3. "The Coroner: Did your father make any statement to you before he died?
Witness: He mumbled a few words, but I could only catch some allusion to a rat.
The Coroner: What did you understand by that?
Witness: It conveyed no meaning to me. I thought that he was delirious."

Which one of the fifty-six short stories does this dialogue appear in?
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Question 4 of 10
4. "'What do you imagine that this poor fellow meant by his last words: 'The professor -- it was she'?'
The professor shook his head.
'Susan is a country girl,' said he, 'and you know the incredible stupidity of that class. I fancy that the poor fellow murmured some incoherent, delirious words, and that she twisted them into this meaningless message.'"

In which interesting story will you find this conversation between Holmes and the professor?
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Question 5 of 10
5. " 'Whose was it?'
'His who is gone.'
'Who shall have it?'
'He who will come.'
'Where was the sun?'
'Over the oak.'
'Where was the shadow?'
'Under the elm.'"

Where can you find this strange sequence of questions and answers?
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Question 6 of 10
6. " 'I can spare you five minutes if you have anything to say.'
'All that I have to say has already crossed your mind,' said he.
'Then possibly my answer has crossed yours,' I replied.
'You stand fast?'
'Absolutely. '"

Which Holmes story harbours this exotic dialogue?
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Question 7 of 10
7. "'You would not call me a marrying man, Watson?'
'No, indeed!'
'You'll be interested to hear that I'm engaged.'
'My dear fellow! I congrat --'
'To Milverton's housemaid.'
'Good heavens, Holmes!'
'I wanted information, Watson.'
'Surely you have gone too far?'
'It was a most necessary step.'"

In which Holmes story does this appear?
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Question 8 of 10
8. "'I cannot possibly advise you if you try to deceive me,' said he.
'But I have told you everything.'
Holmes turned on his heel with a gesture of disgust. 'Good-night, Dr. Trevelyan,' said he.
'And no advice for me?' cried Blessington in a breaking voice.
'My advice to you, sir, is to speak the truth.'"

In which Holmes story will you find this interaction?
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Question 9 of 10
9. "'Do you see any clue?'
'You have furnished me with seven, but of course I must test them before I can pronounce upon their value.'
'You suspect someone?'
'I suspect myself.'
'What!'
'Of coming to conclusions too rapidly.'
'Then go to London and test your conclusions.'
'Your advice is very excellent. Miss Harrison.' said Holmes rising."

This discussion occurs in which story?
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Question 10 of 10
10. " 'You have done a good deal of digging by your callosities.'
'Made all my money at the gold fields.'
'You have been in New Zealand.'
'Right again.'
'You have visited Japan.'
'Quite true.'
'And you have been most intimately associated with some-one whose initials were J. A., and whom you afterwards were eager to entirely forget.'"

In which Holmes story, does this dialogue appear?
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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. "'We are going well,' said he, looking out of the window and glancing at his watch. 'Our rate at present is fifty-three and a half miles an hour.' 'I have not observed the quarter-mile posts,' said I. 'Nor have I. But the telegraph posts upon this line are sixty yards apart, and the calculation is a simple one.'" Which story does this passage come from?

Answer: Silver Blaze

In this story, Holmes is at his charming best.
For those who don't know, Silver Blaze is the name of a horse.
This story is more famous for the following dialogue:
"'Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?'
'To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.'
'The dog did nothing in the night-time.'
'That was the curious incident,' remarked Sherlock Holmes."
2. "'One horse?' interjected Holmes. 'Yes, only one.' 'Did you observe the colour?' 'Yes, I saw it by the side-lights when I was stepping into the carriage. It was a chestnut.' 'Tired-looking or fresh?' 'Oh, fresh and glossy.' 'Thank you. I am sorry to have interrupted you. Pray continue your most interesting statement.'" Which story does THIS passage come from?

Answer: The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb

Holmes has this irritating habit of interrupting the speaker to inquire about apparently irrelevant details, but they often help him solve the case. For example, here Holmes deduces that since the horse was fresh, therefore it had not walked very much. The place where it had come from was nearby only, and the twelve-mile drive that followed was nothing but 'six out and six back'.
3. "The Coroner: Did your father make any statement to you before he died? Witness: He mumbled a few words, but I could only catch some allusion to a rat. The Coroner: What did you understand by that? Witness: It conveyed no meaning to me. I thought that he was delirious." Which one of the fifty-six short stories does this dialogue appear in?

Answer: The Boscombe Valley Mystery

The murdered man was not delirious. He was trying to say that his murderer was from Ballarat, and the witness, the son of the murdered man, could catch only the last two syllables.
This is one of those cases in which Holmes lets the murderer walk free, because he was to die of an illness very soon anyway.
4. "'What do you imagine that this poor fellow meant by his last words: 'The professor -- it was she'?' The professor shook his head. 'Susan is a country girl,' said he, 'and you know the incredible stupidity of that class. I fancy that the poor fellow murmured some incoherent, delirious words, and that she twisted them into this meaningless message.'" In which interesting story will you find this conversation between Holmes and the professor?

Answer: The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez

This is another case of the last words of the dying man being mistaken as delirious words. The murdered man was the secretary of Professor Coram, and the murderer was Coram's wife, Anna. The secretary had met his murderer earlier in the day and had discussed her with his employer. "Then, in his last breath, he tried to send a message that it was she -- the she whom he had just discussed with him." It must be pointed out that the murder was an accident. Anna was short-sighted.

She was not even aware that she was holding a knife in her hand at the time of the murder. Ultimately, she committed suicide.
5. " 'Whose was it?' 'His who is gone.' 'Who shall have it?' 'He who will come.' 'Where was the sun?' 'Over the oak.' 'Where was the shadow?' 'Under the elm.'" Where can you find this strange sequence of questions and answers?

Answer: The Musgrave Ritual

This was only the third case that came in Holmes's way, and that too through the introduction of Reginald Musgrave who had been his college-mate.

What you've read above is THE Musgrave Ritual - "the strange catechism to which each Musgrave had to submit when he came to man's estate."

In the ritual, 'it' refers to nothing less than the ancient crown of the kings of England.
As Holmes infers:
"'Whose was it?' 'His who is gone.' That was after the execution of Charles. Then, 'Who shall have it?' 'He who will come.' That was Charles the Second, whose advent was already foreseen."
6. " 'I can spare you five minutes if you have anything to say.' 'All that I have to say has already crossed your mind,' said he. 'Then possibly my answer has crossed yours,' I replied. 'You stand fast?' 'Absolutely. '" Which Holmes story harbours this exotic dialogue?

Answer: The Final Problem

The conversation between two intellectuals is hardly interrupted by words :)
7. "'You would not call me a marrying man, Watson?' 'No, indeed!' 'You'll be interested to hear that I'm engaged.' 'My dear fellow! I congrat --' 'To Milverton's housemaid.' 'Good heavens, Holmes!' 'I wanted information, Watson.' 'Surely you have gone too far?' 'It was a most necessary step.'" In which Holmes story does this appear?

Answer: The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton

This is one side of Holmes that repels me strongly. He gets too involved in a case and doesn't know where to draw the line. In this case, he's trying to protect a woman's reputation, by playing with another woman's emotions. Talk about double standards!
8. "'I cannot possibly advise you if you try to deceive me,' said he. 'But I have told you everything.' Holmes turned on his heel with a gesture of disgust. 'Good-night, Dr. Trevelyan,' said he. 'And no advice for me?' cried Blessington in a breaking voice. 'My advice to you, sir, is to speak the truth.'" In which Holmes story will you find this interaction?

Answer: The Resident Patient

Holmes hates lies. In this case, his adamancy leads to the death of this Blessington!
9. "'Do you see any clue?' 'You have furnished me with seven, but of course I must test them before I can pronounce upon their value.' 'You suspect someone?' 'I suspect myself.' 'What!' 'Of coming to conclusions too rapidly.' 'Then go to London and test your conclusions.' 'Your advice is very excellent. Miss Harrison.' said Holmes rising." This discussion occurs in which story?

Answer: The Naval Treaty

Holmes has a peculiar sense of humour, but ultimately he gives results so no complaints!
10. " 'You have done a good deal of digging by your callosities.' 'Made all my money at the gold fields.' 'You have been in New Zealand.' 'Right again.' 'You have visited Japan.' 'Quite true.' 'And you have been most intimately associated with some-one whose initials were J. A., and whom you afterwards were eager to entirely forget.'" In which Holmes story, does this dialogue appear?

Answer: The "Gloria Scott"

Holmes likes to impress the people around him with his powers of deduction.
This is an interesting case for Holmes enthusiasts as it reveals what first motivated him to become a detective.
Source: Author anubhav1990

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