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The Last Sherlock Holmes Story
Michael Dibdin

1 Are these sentences true (T) or false (F)?
  a     Holmes did not like A Study in Scarlet.
  b     Holmes used cocaine when he was ill.
  c     The murderer killed twice because he didn’t have time to cut up the first body.
  d     The murders happened in quiet, dark, places.
  e     Watson followed Holmes secretly because he thought Holmes was the killer.
  f     Watson moved into a hotel because he was afraid of seeing Holmes again.
  g     Moriarty was a real person.
  h     In the glass jars Holmes kept pieces of the bodies he cut up.
  i     Watson took the cocaine to keep him awake.
  j     Back in London, Watson told everyone that Holmes was the killer.

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2 Put the following events in the story in the right order. Number them 1–5.
  a     Watson pulled out a gun and shot Holmes.
  b     At the last moment Holmes put down the knife and stepped off the path.
  c     They took a walk to the Reichenbach Falls.
  d     Holmes and Watson stopped at a hotel in Switzerland.
  e     Holmes came towards Watson with a knife.

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3 Match a number from A with a letter from B to make complete sentences.

  A
  1     The box that Dr Watson left in the bank ...
  2     After ten years as a detective ...
  3     Holmes told Watson to fetch Lestrade ...
  4     When Watson woke up ...
  5     On the path by the waterfall ...

  B


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  a ... Holmes was unhappy and bored.
  b ... Watson told Holmes that he knew about the murders.
  c ... was not opened for fifty years.
  d ... he saw Holmes cutting up a body.
  e ... but Watson decided to follow him secretly.

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4 Fill in the gaps using these words: cocaine, bored, killer, intelligent, police, detective, easy,
  help, exciting, stupid.
  Sherlock Holmes became a ............... in 1877, but he got ............... because the work was
  ............... . Criminals were ..............., and Holmes was ............... . He took ............... to make his
  life ............... . But in 1888 the ............... asked him to ............... them find a ............... .

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5 Complete the following sentences.
  a Holmes did not like A Study in Scarlet because ...
   ...................................................................................
  b When Lestrade first came to see Holmes, he showed him ...
   ...................................................................................
  c Holmes was interested in Moriarty because ...
   ...................................................................................
  d Although there were hundreds of policemen on the streets, they ...
   ...................................................................................
  e Watson destroyed the papers and jars because he wanted to hide ...
   ...................................................................................
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Multiple-choice Test

The Last Sherlock Holmes Story
Michael Dibdin


Setting

Choose the best answer.
  1 Dr Watson left a box to be opened in _____.
    a [ ] 1956   b [ ] 1966        c [ ] 1976    d [ ] 1986
  2 The box contained _____.
    a [ ] a packet of papers       b [ ] a map of London
    c [ ] a lot of money d [ ] a photo
  3 The story happens in _____.
    a [ ] 1688   b [ ] 1788        c [ ] 1888    d [ ] 1988
  4 The murders are in an area of _____.
    a [ ] Liverpool    b [ ] Manchester c [ ] Leeds             d [ ] London
  5 Sherlock Holmes lives in _____ Street.
    a [ ] Butler b [ ] Bath        c [ ] Baker    d [ ] Brown
  6 ‘Jack the Ripper’ writes a message on a _____.
    a [ ] window      b [ ] wall     c [ ] door d [ ] bed
  7 Sherlock Holmes says that he sees Moriarty in the _____ opposite.
    a [ ] shop   b [ ] park    c [ ] café d [ ] house
  8 When Holmes goes to France he sends Watson a _____ with a hidden message.
    a [ ] letter b [ ] box     c [ ] picture d [ ] present
  9 Holmes and Watson travel through France and Germany and then go to _____.
    a [ ] Denmark      b [ ] Italy c [ ] Austria d [ ] Switzerland
 10 At the end, Holmes and Watson walk to a _____.
    a [ ] lake b [ ] waterfall       c [ ] pub    d [ ] hotel

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Characters

Choose the best answer.

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 11 _____ usually writes stories about Sherlock Holmes.
    a [ ] Inspector Lestrade b [ ] Dr Watson
    c [ ] Miss Mary Morstan d [ ] Arthur Conan Doyle
 12 _____ writes this story.
    a [ ] Sherlock Holmes       b [ ] Dr Watson
    c [ ] Jack the Ripper d [ ] Professor Moriarty
 13 Sherlock Holmes works as a _____.
    a [ ] policeman      b [ ] police inspector    c [ ] detective d [ ] writer
 14 Sherlock Holmes starts to _____ again.
    a [ ] take cocaine     b [ ] drink a lot of wine
    c [ ] eat too much     d [ ] smoke cigarettes
 15 _____ is an evil man and an old enemy of Sherlock Holmes.
    a [ ] Dr Watson      b [ ] Professor Moriarty
    c [ ] Inspector Lestrade d [ ] Arthur Conan Doyle
 16 _____ comes to Sherlock Holmes’s house to talk about the Ripper case.
    a [ ] The police doctor     b [ ] Professor Moriarty
    c [ ] Inspector Lestrade d [ ] Miss Mary Morstan
 17 Sherlock Holmes thinks that Professor Moriarty is _____ him.
    a [ ] forgetting b [ ] following c [ ] working with          d [ ] shooting at
 18 _____ gets married to Miss Mary Morstan.
    a [ ] Dr Watson      b [ ] Sherlock Holmes
    c [ ] Inspector Lestrade d [ ] Professor Moriarty
 19 The police doctor shows Dr Watson a dead _____.
    a [ ] patient   b [ ] murderer     c [ ] man    d [ ] woman
 20 _____ starts to act very strangely.
    a [ ] Sherlock Holmes       b [ ] Inspector Lestrade
    c [ ] Miss Mary Morstan d [ ] The policeman

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Dialogue

Who said or wrote this?
 21 ‘But your friend Mr Doyle has shown that he does not understand how important my work is.’
    a [ ] Sherlock Holmes       b [ ] Dr Watson

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    c [ ] Miss Mary Morstan d [ ] Inspector Lestrade
 22 ‘I hope you won’t be too lonely when I go home to my wife.’
    a [ ] Sherlock Holmes      b [ ] Dr Watson
    c [ ] Arthur Conan Doyle      d [ ] Inspector Lestrade
 23 ‘I still have my cocaine bottle.’
    a [ ] Sherlock Holmes      b [ ] Arthur Conan Doyle
    c [ ] Miss Mary Morstan d [ ] Professor Moriarty
 24 ‘We haven’t arrested anyone yet, but I am very hopeful, Mr Holmes. You see, I have in my
 pocket a letter from the killer himself.’
    a [ ] Jack the Ripper b [ ] Dr Watson
    c [ ] Inspector Lestrade d [ ] Professor Moriarty
 25 ‘I know you are a doctor, but I must warn you. You have never seen anything like this before.’
    a [ ] Professor Moriarty b [ ] Dr Watson
    c [ ] Miss Mary Morstan d [ ] the police doctor
 26 ‘He kills, waits a week, kills again and waits three weeks before the next murder.’
    a [ ] Sherlock Holmes      b [ ] Dr Watson
    c [ ] Miss Mary Morstan d [ ] Mary Kelly
 27 ‘You have failed, Mr Holmes. Your idea was very clever but you made one mistake.
    You forgot to tell the murderer about it.’
    a [ ] Dr Watson     b [ ] Jack the Ripper
    c [ ] Inspector Lestrade d [ ] Arthur Conan Doyle
 28 ‘It is almost midnight, and you still haven’t told me how Moriarty died!’
    a [ ] Sherlock Holmes      b [ ] the police doctor
    c [ ] Dr Watson     d [ ] Miss Mary Morstan
 29 ‘I watched you cut Mary Kelly to pieces. You killed them! Let me hear you say that you did!’
    a [ ] Professor Moriarty b [ ] Dr Watson
    c [ ] Inspector Lestrade d [ ] Arthur Conan Doyle
 30 ‘Tell me, Moriarty, when did you kill Watson? You are very clever. You look almost like him,
 but I know who you are.’
    a [ ] the police doctor   b [ ] Jack the Ripper
    c [ ] Inspector Lestrade d [ ] Sherlock Holmes

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Vocabulary

Choose the best answer.
 31 long pieces of cloth hung up in front of windows; you close these at night
    a [ ] doors     b [ ] cupboards      c [ ] sheets     d [ ] curtains
 32 when a person knows many things and knows what is right and good
    a [ ] weak      b [ ] wise c [ ] wealthy d [ ] worried
 33 to put medicine or drugs into the body with a special needle
    a [ ] inject    b [ ] injure c [ ] inhale d [ ] inspect
 34 a narrow street
    a [ ] lawn      b [ ] lane c [ ] stream        d [ ] stairs
 35 when a person is very bad
    a [ ] kind     b [ ] helpful     c [ ] evil    d [ ] tired
 36 a place where a river falls from a high place to a lower place
    a [ ] waterfall     b [ ] beach     c [ ] cloud     d [ ] shower
 37 a person who is ill and goes to the doctor for medical help
    a [ ] secretary b [ ] professor         c [ ] nurse d [ ] patient
 38 a pot which is made of glass; you can keep food in it
    a [ ] box      b [ ] jar c [ ] bin     d [ ] bag
 39 when a person is ill and not strong
    a [ ] wonderful      b [ ] wild     c [ ] weak      d [ ] wet
 40 a drawing or plan that explains something
    a [ ] note b [ ] letter c [ ] painting d [ ] diagram

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Plot

Choose the best answer.
 41 Dr Watson’s box lay hidden in a bank for _____ years.
    a [ ] five     b [ ] fifteen    c [ ] twenty-five d [ ] fifty
 42 ‘Jack the Ripper’ is murdering _____ in Whitechapel.
    a [ ] children     b [ ] men      c [ ] women       d [ ] old people
 43 Sherlock Holmes wants to _____ the murderer.
    a [ ] catch     b [ ] hurt     c [ ] paint    d [ ] write to


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 44 The police try to catch the murderer by dressing in _____.
    a [ ] red clothes   b [ ] black clothes     c [ ] old clothes     d [ ] women’s clothes
 45 Sherlock Holmes says that _____ is the murderer.
    a [ ] Professor Moriarty b [ ] Dr Watson
    c [ ] Inspector Lestrade d [ ] Jack the Ripper
 46 Dr Watson sees Sherlock Holmes _____ a woman called Mary Kelly.
    a [ ] killing b [ ] cutting up   c [ ] singing with         d [ ] eating with
 47 Dr Watson goes to the house opposite and finds _____.
    a [ ] women’s clothes     b [ ] women’s shoes
    c [ ] pieces of women’s bodies     d [ ] pictures of women
 48 Dr Watson begins to think that Sherlock Holmes is _____.
    a [ ] a very clever man   b [ ] a very rich man
    c [ ] Mary Morstan’s lover d [ ] the murderer
 49 Dr Watson starts to _____ every day.
    a [ ] buy snuff b [ ] take cocaine        c [ ] get drunk     d [ ] sell drugs
 50 _____ killed the women in Whitechapel.
    a [ ] Sherlock Holmes     b [ ] Dr Watson
    c [ ] Inspector Lestrade d [ ] Professor Moriarty

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The Last Sherlock Holmes Story
1 a T
   b F
   c T
   d F
   e F
   f T
   g F
   h T
   i T
   j F


2 3 a
   5 b
   2 c
   1 d
   4 e


3 1 c
   2 a
   3 e
   4 d
   5 b


4 detective, bored, easy, stupid, intelligent, cocaine, exciting, police, help, killer


5 a … (he thought) it was rubbish/full of lies/mistakes.
   b … a letter from Jack the Ripper/the killer.
   c … he was very intelligent/as intelligent as Holmes.
   d … couldn’t stop the murders/catch the killer/murderer.
   e … what/the evil things that Holmes had done/the truth about Holmes.




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The Last Sherlock Holmes Story
Setting

   1      c
   2      a
   3      c
   4      d
   5      c
   6      b
   7      d
   8      a
   9      d
  10      b

Characters

  11      d
  12      b
  13      c
  14      a
  15      b
  16      c
  17      b
  18      a
  19      d
  20      a

Dialogue

  21      a
  22      b
  23      a
  24      c
  25      d
  26      a
  27      c
  28      c
  29      b

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  30   d

Vocabulary

  31   d
  32   b
  33   a
  34   b
  35   c
  36   a
  37   d
  38   b
  39   c
  40   d

Plot

  41   d
  42   c
  43   a
  44   d
  45   a
  46   b
  47   c
  48   d
  49   b
  50   a




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