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. Why did Sir Charles return to Baskerville Hall?

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

3. What excites Sir Henry on the journey where he cries out in delight?

4. What newspaper does Holmes find the original newsprint from?

5. What does Dr. Mortimer have on him that he wants Holmes to examine?

Short Essay Questions

1. Sir Henry uses the term "dime novel" to suggest his feelings on the whole matter. What does this say about Sir Henry?

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

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

4. Why is Holmes disappointed in Dr. Mortimer?

5. Why is the reappearance of Sir Henry's brown boot a mystery?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Choose one of the following themes to write about. Cite specific examples from the book and discuss how the theme affects the overall plot.

1) Reality versus legend.

2) Good versus evil.

3) Nature versus nurture.

Essay Topic 3

Images of hell, demons, and death are abundant through this novel. Citing specific examples, discuss why these are the prevalent images from this story and how their use builds up an atmosphere of suspense and tension.

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