Sherlock Holmes

Includes questions about this famous FICTIONAL detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Questions about Sherlock Holmes movies (which mostly ask about the actors rather than the stories) should be placed under "Movies."

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Literature Classics

Is The Hound of the Baskervilles a classic novel?

Yes, Some people think it is the best Sherlock Holmes novel!

English Language
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When was the character of Sherlock Holmes alive?

He was never actually alive. The fictional stories about him are set in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, from the mid-1870s (The 'Gloria Scott') up to 1914 (His Last Bow), roughly contemporaneous with when they were published.

Dr. Joseph Bell, on whom the character of Holmes was partly based, lived from 1837 to 1911.

Holmes canonically "died" in a story set 1891 because Conan Doyle was tired of writing about him. However, fan demand eventually persuaded him to bring the character back, and in "The Adventure of the Empty House" set in 1894, Holmes appears and reveals that he had faked his death. "His Last Bow" has Holmes coming out of retirement to aid the war effort, and that story takes place in 1914 (the story specifically says it's August 2, and the German characters in it express hope that the British will not come to the aid of the French and Belgians; since that happened on 4 August 1914, it can't be any later than that). The story also puts Holmes' age at 60, so he was born in 1854 (or possibly late 1853).

Taking all that into account, the most concrete dates we can come up with are c. 1854 through at least August 1914.

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How does Sherlock Holmes treat Dr Watson?

Holmes treats Watson like he would treat any other person. Although Watson isn't the brightest bulb in the bunch, Holmes treats him very well. For instance, in the beginning of the book Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles Watson proposes evidence/clues about a "walking stick" that they found in Holmes den. Watson's clues are way off. Holmes (who already knew who's walking stick it was, and who also knew that every one of the clues that Watson proposed was indeed incorrect) did not say a word to him. So that tells you that Holmes is very good to Watson.

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What was Sherlock's lady friend's name?

Sherlock Holmes said ". . . the motives of women are so inscrutable." There's only one woman he truly respected. Her name was Irene Adler and she outsmarted him. Also, he always stated he would never let emotions compromise his work, and certainly not love. He never married or even felt something for a girl.

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When did Sherlock Holmes take drugs?

Holmes stated in at least one place (Sign of the Four) that his mind was like an engine; give it a problem and it could run all day and night, but with no load, his mind foundered. As such, he was prone to take opium and cocaine, but only during times of laxity, between cases.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Using narcotics like cocaine and opium was LEGAL in Victorian England.

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What was Sherlock Holmes' professional title?

The great fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, described himself as the world's first Consulting Detective.

"Well, I have a trade of my own. I suppose I am the only one in the world. I'm a consulting detective, if you can understand what that is." -- Sherlock Holmes, 'A Study In Scarlet'

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What was the name of Sherlock Holmes' cook?

The cook/house keeper was Mrs. Hudson


Mrs. Turner in 'A Scandal in Bohemia.'

In 'The Problem of Thor Bridge,' we find the following quote from Sherlock Holmes: ". . . when you have consumed the two hard-boiled eggs with which our new cook has favoured us." [the NEW cook is unnamed, however]

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How did Sherlock Holmes always solve his case?

He didn't. Irene Adler got past him as did the Ku Klux Klan. and quite a few others. Dr. J Watson however was apparently not as inclined to review unsolved cases, so many of these have never come to light.

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Did the Victorians like Sherlock Holmes?

They absolutely loved Sherlock Holmes! The Strand, a magazine, carried most of the stories. The supposed death of Holmes brought hundreds of cancellations.

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What is the moral lesson of boscombe valley mystery? towards the society

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What remark does Holmes make about commonplace crimes?

In 'A Study in Scarlet': "The most commonplace crime is often the most mysterious, because it presents no new or special features from which deductions may be drawn."

In 'The Sign of Four': "Crime is commonplace, existence is commonplace, and no qualities save those which are commonplace have any function upon earth."

In 'The Red-Headed League': "As a rule, the more bizarre a thing is the less mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to identify."

In 'A Case of Identity': "Depend upon it there is nothing so unnatural as the commonplace."

In 'The Boscombe Valley Mystery': "Singularity is almost invariably a clue. The more featureless and commonplace a crime is, the more difficult is it to bring it home."

I think that about covers it.

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Save with a gibe and a sneer?

To Sherlock Holmes, she was always The Woman.

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Which song is Jefferson Hope singing in a study in scarlet?

According to Constable John Rance: "He was at the gate when I came out, a-leanin' up ag'in the railings, and a-singin' at the pitch o' his lungs about Columbine's New-fangled Banner, or some such stuff."

I think it was 'The Star Spangled Banner,' but that is just a guess.

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What point of view are Sherlock Holmes written in?

The point of view in most Sherlock Holmes stories is Dr. John Watson.

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What extent can the The Hounds of the Baskervilles be regarded as a gothic novel?

It is not a Gothic novel, though it has some Gothic or (woodsy horror) elements the plot is taken apart by the Detective Sherlock Holmes as a matter of deductive logic, not some sort of supernatural action, like werewolves. The story is a detective or mystery/crime novel and not in any sense of the word a science-fiction novel I do not know why or how it got on the(Science Fiction) category.

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What was the character sketch of McMurdo in the valley of fear?

McMurdo had the reputation of being a tough counterfeiter. He was fleeing murder charges in Chicago, and was a member of a local Lodge that was known to extort, murder, and exchange vicious deeds with other Lodges.

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Who is Sherlock Holmes' China man?

There are two potential answers to this query, found in the short story The Adventure of the Illustrious Client 1) Holmes instructs Dr Watson to undertake an intense study of Chinese pottery and to assume an alias, Dr. Hill Barton who intends to sell a Ming saucer. 2) Watson is to distract the villain, Baron Adelbert Gruner, an authority on porcelains who has the collection mania in its most accute form, while Holmes enters the Baron's quarters.

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What or where is Coombe Tracey in Hound of the Baskervilles?

Coombe Tracey is the town not too many miles from Baskerville Hall where Mrs. Laura Lyons lives.

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Who wrote the red headed league?

sir arthur Conan Doyle

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Fragen auf Deutsch

Was war Sherlock Holmes beruf?

Sherlock Holmes hat von 1881 an eine private Dedektei geführt.

Literature and Language
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What genre is the Speckled Band?


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What did Sherlock Holmes wear on his head?

a hat

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What characters were in A Scandal in Bohemia?

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Dr. John H. Watson

Mrs. Watson

Mary Jane (Watson's servant)

Irene Adler

John (Adler's coachman)

King of Bohemia

Clotilde Lothman Von Sax-Meningen

King of Scandinavia

Godfrey Norton

Mrs. Turner

various unnamed Londoners

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Math and Arithmetic

How can math help solve crimes?

Most forensic equipment will use mathematical analysis, in particular, computers depend on mathematics.

Here are some examples:

Large databases of known criminals are only manageable through the use of computers. Dta sharing between police forces in different regions or across internation boundaries would be virtually impossible without computerised records.

Tracing movements of large funds.

Plotting crime statistics so as to identify crime patterns, hot-spots etc.

Alibis can be tested by determining the time it might take to/from get from the scene of crime to the alibi.

Matching DNA or other tissue samples is largely based on statistical methods

Profiling uses statistical techniques.

In the case of homicide, tracking bullet trajectories, cooling of bodies follows Newton's law (of cooling) which is a exponential decay curve.

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What was the full name of the convict that escaped prison in the Hound of the Baskervilles?

The only name given is Selden, which is his last name. We do know that Mrs. Eliza Barrymore is his sister, but that's about it.


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