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

2. Why does Holmes change his mind about Sir Henry going to Baskerville Hall?

3. How does Holmes spend his time before meeting with Sir Henry in the afternoon following their first meeting?

4. What health concern, exacerbated by the story of the hound, did Sir Charles possess?

5. What is Stapleton's profession?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Hugo's evil act, as relayed in the manuscript?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the similarities between Selden and the hound. Pay particular attention to how each one is treated by the affected parties and how the two of them are described, citing specific examples from the text. Ultimately, what is the purpose of making these two characters so similar in nature?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the themes of reality and superstition as they relate to this novel. Take into account the story of the Baskerville hound and how different people react to the events around them. Consider who reacts most viscerally to the idea that the hound is supernatural and who believes most firmly that the hound is not.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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