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 does Dr. Mortimer read out loud to Watson and Holmes?

2. How does Holmes propose to find the sender of Sir Henry's object?

3. What is Sir Henry's opinion of Baskerville Hall?

4. Though he is described as godless, what in particular made Hugo notorious?

5. How does Watson know Barrymore is lying?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Watson feel about Sir Henry?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why is Holmes disappointed in Dr. Mortimer?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In this novel, love is turned into something to be used against a person to make them do the other person's bidding. Discuss love as a weapon in this novel, citing strong, specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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