Sherlock Holmes and the Important Exam Paperby Sir Arthur Conan DoyleActivities created by Andrew Manuel

First Reading: General Comprehension


Match the names of the characters with the corresponding information


Sherlock Holmes*

Watson *

Hilton Soames*

Bannister *

Daulat Ras*

Gilchrist*

Miles McLaren*


* A teacher at the university

* A famous detective

* A quiet, hardworking student

* A clever but lazy student

* Hilton Soames's servant

* An Indian student

* Holmes's assistant


Match each piece of evidence with the place(s) it was found. Some points have multiple answers.


Wood from a pencil*

Pages of the exam paper*

Pieces of black clay*

A cut*


* On the desk

* On the floor

* On the table near the window

* The cupboard floor


Which are the right words in each sentence?


a) Holmes goes to the university because he wants to help somebody / read some books.


b) Mr Soames wants the help of Sherlock Holmes / the police.


c) He thinks that somebody read / took an exam paper.


d) Only Daulat Ras / Bannister perhaps knew about the paper before Mr Soames went out.


e) When Mr Soames returned, the visitor hid under the desk / in a cupboard.


f) Three / Four students live in Soames's building.


g) Gilchrist is good at games / rich.


h) Daulat Ras works / doesn't work hard.


i) McLaren works / doesn't work hard.


j) Gilchrist is tall / short.


k) Bannister worked for McLaren's / Gilchrist's father.




Second Reading: Detailed Comprehension


Pages 13-15


Find 5 errors in the following text and correct them:


Mr Soames is a Latin teacher at a top university in England. He has already asked the


police for help, and now wants Sherlock Holmes's help. He left some exam papers on his


chair when he went to a friend's house for tea. He was there for two hours. When he came


back his key was in the door.


What room is on the ground floor of the building? …....................................................


What rooms are on the first floor? …...............................................................................


Pages 16-19


Look at Holmes's description of the crime. Put the pictures in the correct order.


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Bannister did two things Holmes finds strange. What are they?


1. …............................................................................................................................


2. …............................................................................................................................



Where does the man hide afterwards? …...........................................................................................


Why? …..............................................................................................................................


How does Holmes know? …............................................................................................



Pages 20-22


What accident happens to Holmes in every student’s room?

…..........................................................................................................................................


Is it really an accident? ….......................................................................................



Which character matches the descriptions?


This student is the tallest of the three. It has a very nice room. He likes to run.

….................................................

The shortest of the three students, Watson thinks he may be afraid of something.

….................................................

This person is under a lot of stress for the examination to be held the next day. Holmes reassures him.

….................................................

This person is not very polite. He/ She does not work very much and has difficulty in concentrating.

….................................................

This person is not the one that looked at the paper, but he/she is not completely innocent either. This is the first person who is questioned on the day of the exam.

…................................................

Daulat Ras walks to and fro in his room. What are the two possible explanations given by Holmes and Watson?

…............................................................................................................................................

…............................................................................................................................................


Pages 23-26


Who is the culprit? …....................................................................


Explain step by step what happened when he saw the paper through the window.

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