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 was found near Sir Charles's body?

2. What does Holmes deduce about the sender of Sir Henry's object?

3. What does Miss Stapleton tell Watson when she first meets him on the moor?

4. What is the address of the rooms that Watson and Holmes share?

5. What is Watson's impression of Miss Stapleton?

Short Essay Questions

1. Based on Watson's examination of the walking-stick, how does he describe Dr. Mortimer?

2. What is significant about the letter being made up of words from the London Times?

3. What is significant about Holmes's deduction that Sir Charles was actually running?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Watson feel about Sir Henry?

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

10. Who is Selden and why is he significant to everyone?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the three options to write about.

1) Holmes's recognition of Stapleton in the portrait.

2) The lineage of the Baskervilles.

3) The odd habits of the people on the moor.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Consider Holmes as a person. What about him is similar to the criminals he chases? What is different? With these elements in mind, argue that the only thing separating Holmes from being a criminal himself is his morals. Be sure to cite specific examples from the novel.

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