Sherlock Holmes

Take our Trivia Quiz and find out how well you know the greatest detective who ever lived. Answers are at the bottom of the page.

Clockwise from upper left: Basil, the great mouse detective, Benedict Cumberbatch from Sherlock, Sidney Paget’s illustration circa 1904, Peter Cushing from the movie Hound of the Baskervilles, Robert Downey Jr. from the movie Sherlock Holmes


  1. When was Sherlock Holmes first published by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?
  2. How many short stories did Sir Arthur write about Holmes?
  3. True or False: Holmes never narrated any of his stories. It was always Dr. John Watson who did so.
  4. What is commonly believed to be Sherlock Holmes’ birthday?
  5. What is the title Holmes gives himself when asked about his association with Scotland Yard?
  6. What is Holmes’ full address?
  7. Where did Holmes retire to?
  8. What is Holmes’ only vice?
  9. What is the name of Holmes’ brother?
  10. What is the primary method of reasoning Holmes employs?
  11. What is the name of the first society completely devoted to the canon of Holmes?
  12. True or False: More than 200 films have been made featuring Sherlock Holmes.
  13. What is the name of the anime television series directed by Hayao Miyazaki and Kyosuke Mikuriya, which is based on Sherlock Holmes?
  14. Disney’s Basil, the Great Mouse Detective, is very much like Sherlock Holmes. He was named after an actor who portrayed Holmes in 14 US films and on radio. What is this actor’s name?
  15. In 2011, the Conan Doyle estate authorized Anthony Horowitz to write a new Sherlock Holmes novel. What was it called?


  1. 1887
  2. 56
  3. FALSE. Holmes narrated “The Blanched Soldier” and “The Lion’s Mane”
  4. 06 January 1854
  5. He is a consulting detective
  6. 221B Baker Street, London
  7. Sussex Downs
  8. Drugs, specifically Cocaine and (sometimes) Morphine – both of which were legal in England in the late 19th Century
  9. Mycroft
  10. Abductive reasoning – form of logical inference that goes from data description of something to a hypothesis that accounts for the reliable data and one seeks to explain relevant evidence
  11. Baker Street Irregulars, founded by Christopher Morley in 1834
  12. TRUE
  13. Sherlock Hound (also Famous Detective Holmes or Detective Holmes)
  14. Basil Rathbone
  15. The House of Silk


15 – 14: EXCELLENT! You are a regular Baker Street irregular 😉

13-11: VERY GOOD. Hats off to you, you are well on your way to becoming a super sleuth on the subject of Mr. Holmes.

10-8: FAIR. You know only what’s elementary — not too bad but you could be better!

7-0: FAIL! Tsk tsk tsk.


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