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. Who is Sir Charles's heir?

2. What is the Baskerville curse?

3. Why did Sir Charles return to Baskerville Hall?

4. What does Holmes advise to Watson before Watson leaves for Devonshire with Sir Henry and Dr. Mortimer?

5. What does Holmes have Watson send up to him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Watson unable to sleep soundly on his first night at Baskerville Hall?

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

3. What was wrong with Holmes's deductions of Dr. Mortimer?

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

5. What is the relationship between Sir Charles and Dr. Mortimer?

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

7. What is Stapleton's theory about how Sir Charles died?

8. How does Watson feel about Sir Henry?

9. How does Dr. Mortimer view Holmes and why?

10. What is significant about the fact that Mrs. Barrymore received the telegram instead of her husband?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss, from the very beginning, the extent of Stapleton's plot. How was he planning on murdering Sir Charles and, later, Sir Henry? By what means? For what? How does his plotting and adaptability reflect upon his intelligence?

Essay Topic 2

Explain deduction. How is it used by the characters in the novel? Why is it so necessary for Holmes to see only the facts and to never actually theorize? Is this a realistic approach to unraveling mysteries? Why or why not? Cite specific examples from the text to back up your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Arthur Conan Doyle relies heavily on symbolism in one part of the story to reflect upon another. With this in mind, choose one of the following topics to write about.

1) The symbolism of the hound.

2) The symbolism of the Grimpen Mire.

3) The symbolism of Stapleton's butterflies.

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