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 is the result of Hugo's wild ride after the girl?

2. What does the postmaster inadvertently reveal to Watson?

3. What is the actual reason for Dr. Mortimer's consultation with Holmes?

4. How does Holmes check on Barrymore's location?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How did Holmes and Watson lose the cab that was following Sir Henry?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Explain deduction. How is it used by the characters in the novel? Why is it so necessary for Holmes to see only the facts and to never actually theorize? Is this a realistic approach to unraveling mysteries? Why or why not? Cite specific examples from the text to back up your arguments.

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