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. While Watson is in Baskerville Hall, what is the only thing he is to report to Holmes?

2. What does Dr. Mortimer call Holmes in Chapter 1?

3. What does Holmes believe is the reason Sir Charles went out to the yew alley that night?

4. Why do Barrymore and his wife wish to leave Baskerville Hall?

5. According to Holmes, who is actually the owner of the stick?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why is Holmes disappointed in Dr. Mortimer?

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

9. What is dangerous about the Grimpen Mire?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The hound of legend is wholly a creature from the moors. In fact, throughout the novel, it seems as if the characters (as depicted by Watson) are constantly battling the elements of the moor and how it makes them feel, from the weather to the landmarks to the hound itself. Discuss in detail how the characters are set against the moor and what it means to the story. Be sure to give strong examples and explain them thoroughly.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following topics to write about. In each topic, cite specific examples from the novel to hold up your arguments.

1) Mrs. Barrymore's relationship to her brother. How does this frame the overall plot?

2) Mrs. Stapleton's role in her husband's plots. Is she completely innocent or does she hold some culpability?

3) Frankland's lawsuits. What is the role of Frankland's pastime in this book?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the use of deception and identity concealment in this novel. Pay particular attention to who does this and why they do it, especially in regards to the overall plot.

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