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. In lieu of persuading Sir Henry to avoid Baskerville Hall, what does Holmes suggest?

3. According to Watson, who is the owner of the stick?

4. Who does Dr. Mortimer say has a beard like the man that was following them?

5. How was Holmes able to tell what newspaper the words came from?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the three options to write about.

1) Holmes's recognition of Stapleton in the portrait.

2) The lineage of the Baskervilles.

3) The odd habits of the people on the moor.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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