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. How does Holmes go about his search for the cut-up newspaper?

2. Why is Sir Henry saddened at the thought of losing the Barrymores?

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

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

5. What was found near Sir Charles's body?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why is Holmes disappointed in Dr. Mortimer?

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

7. Why does Holmes discount the idea that one of Sir Henry's heirs or relatives wants him dead?

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

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

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 the use of foreshadowing in this novel. Using at least three examples, discuss how they are used to indicate the next turn of the plot.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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