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 Sir Henry do that Holmes strongly advises against?

2. Why did Sir Charles return to Baskerville Hall?

3. What sort of accent does Sir Henry possess?

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

5. What does Miss Stapleton tell Watson when she first meets him on the moor?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is significant about Holmes's deduction that Sir Charles was actually running?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Laura Lyons, Mrs. Stapleton, and Mrs. Barrymore all have contentious relationships with men in their lives (Stapleton and Selden, respectively). Discuss their relationships and how they reflect upon their characters. Additionally, discuss whether the author is making a statement about the dependability of these women or how they are dependent upon the men.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the similarities between Selden and the hound. Pay particular attention to how each one is treated by the affected parties and how the two of them are described, citing specific examples from the text. Ultimately, what is the purpose of making these two characters so similar in nature?

Essay Topic 3

Images of hell, demons, and death are abundant through this novel. Citing specific examples, discuss why these are the prevalent images from this story and how their use builds up an atmosphere of suspense and tension.

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