The Hound of the Baskervilles Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Sir Henry plan to do to the yew bridge?

2. What about the handwriting reveals to Holmes that the object originated at a hotel?

3. What is the result of Hugo's wild ride after the girl?

4. How does Holmes propose to find the sender of Sir Henry's object?

5. What do Sir Henry, Dr. Mortimer, and Watson discover as they travel to the moor?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Watson say that Sir Henry appears to have inherited the Baskerville temper?

2. Why did Dr. Mortimer advise Sir Charles to go to London?

3. What three leads turn out to be dead-ends for this case?

4. Why does Holmes want Watson to report only the facts to him?

5. Why does Watson now suspect Barrymore is the murderer?

6. What is the significance of the strange discovery by Sir Charles's body?

7. What are Holmes's deductions of Dr. Mortimer from his walking-stick, and how did he arrive at them?

8. Why does Holmes go into complete seclusion for the rest of the day?

9. Why is Dr. Mortimer concerned about Sir Henry's safety?

10. What is the point of sending a telegram to Barrymore?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The hound of legend is wholly a creature from the moors. In fact, throughout the novel, it seems as if the characters (as depicted by Watson) are constantly battling the elements of the moor and how it makes them feel, from the weather to the landmarks to the hound itself. Discuss in detail how the characters are set against the moor and what it means to the story. Be sure to give strong examples and explain them thoroughly.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following topics to write about. In each topic, cite specific examples from the novel to hold up your arguments.

1) Mrs. Barrymore's relationship to her brother. How does this frame the overall plot?

2) Mrs. Stapleton's role in her husband's plots. Is she completely innocent or does she hold some culpability?

3) Frankland's lawsuits. What is the role of Frankland's pastime in this book?

Essay Topic 3

What are the dynamics of Holmes and Watson's relationship? How do they work together to solve the case? How do Watson and Holmes reflect upon each other?

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