Sherlock Holmes - The Final Problem: Summary & Explanation


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Watson tells ''The Final Problem'' of Sherlock Holmes to explain the danger that Professor Moriarty posed to the world. As the story begins, how many years have passed since Sherlock's supposed death?

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1. In ''The Final Problem,'' Sherlock describes Moriarty to Watson, and indicates that he began his career as a professor. What field was his specialty?

2. In ''The Final Problem,'' what ploy does Moriarty use to get Watson away from Sherlock when the two are in the town of Meiringen?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help to determine your understanding of the story The Final Problem by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The quiz will assess you on the number of years that passed since Sherlock Holmes' 'death' and the subject James Moriarty taught as a professor.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See how much you know about:

  • Moriarty's trick on Watson
  • Sherlock's disguise on the train
  • Moriarty's visit with Sherlock

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on a synopsis of The Final Problem
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a disguise Sherlock Holmes wears when he escapes on the train
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about James Moriarty's plot against Watson and his visit with Holmes

Additional Learning

Learn more about the short story with the lesson named Sherlock Holmes - The Final Problem: Summary & Explanation. These topics will be covered:

  • Context on the story's introduction and why Sherlock Holmes is scared
  • James Moriarty and his role as an antagonist
  • Destruction of Baker Street as a message to Sherlock Holmes
  • Final confrontation between Holmes and Moriarty
  • Remembrance of Holmes' courage