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 dangerous place on the moor has claimed the lives of several people and animals?

2. How does Holmes describe the walking stick?

3. What possibility does Holmes rule out when he discovers that Henry does not have a will?

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

5. What is Watson's impression of Miss Stapleton?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the use of foreshadowing in this novel. Using at least three examples, discuss how they are used to indicate the next turn of the plot.

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

How is the moor an active character in this novel? What are characteristics of the moor? Is it just as important as Holmes or Stapleton? Why or why not? How would this story be altered if the setting were not as strange as Devonshire?

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