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. When Dr. Mortimer arrives at the rooms, what is revealed that annoys Holmes?

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

3. What does C.C.H (engraved on the stick) stand for?

4. When Holmes and Watson arrive at the hotel, what does Sir Henry claim to have lost this time?

5. What does the first telegram to Holmes reveal?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Watson feel about Sir Henry?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Watson is initially hurt by Holmes's deception of living on the moor, despite Holmes's assurances that Watson's efforts have not been in vain. How do Watson's feelings on this matter reflect upon his character and his relationship with Holmes? How does Holmes's deception and his reaction to Watson discovering him reflect upon himself?

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

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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