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 Stapleton's profession?

2. What about the incident makes Dr. Mortimer most uneasy?

3. What excites Sir Henry on the journey where he cries out in delight?

4. What did Sir Henry discover was missing before he left to see Holmes with Dr. Mortimer?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Stapleton's theory about how Sir Charles died?

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

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

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

7. Why did Dr. Mortimer advise Sir Charles to go to London?

8. What is the point of sending a telegram to Barrymore?

9. What is dangerous about the Grimpen Mire?

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

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

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 3

What is the purpose of using Watson as the narrator? In your answer, discuss how he is the everyman, whether his responses are meant to mirror those of the reader, and how the plot unfolds through his eyes.

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