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. Who is following Sir Henry and Dr. Mortimer when they leave Holmes and Watson's rooms?

2. How does Hugo's captive escape?

3. What is the object left behind on which Watson tries to deduce a reconstruction of the mysterious owner?

4. Who is Sir Charles's heir?

5. What does Stapleton reveal that shocks Watson?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Watson believe about the supernatural possibilities of the hound?

2. What is Stapleton's relation to the Baskerville line?

3. Why can Holmes not arrest Stapleton?

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

5. What is significant about the discovery of Sir Henry's boot in Grimpen Mire?

6. How does Watson feel about Sir Henry?

7. What does Mrs. Stapleton reveal about her husband?

8. What contributes to the dark mood around Baskerville Hall at the beginning of Chapter 10?

9. What is Mrs. Lyons's relationship to Sir Charles?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explain deduction. How is it used by the characters in the novel? Why is it so necessary for Holmes to see only the facts and to never actually theorize? Is this a realistic approach to unraveling mysteries? Why or why not? Cite specific examples from the text to back up your arguments.

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