The Hound of the Baskervilles Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Why does Holmes change his mind about Sir Henry going to Baskerville Hall?

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

3. What does Watson observe that Sir Henry has inherited from his ancestors?

4. What is the address of the rooms that Watson and Holmes share?

5. What is Stapleton's profession?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Sir Henry upset with Watson and Holmes?

2. Why can Holmes not arrest Stapleton?

3. What is significant about Stapleton returning the brown boot, only to steal the black boot?

4. How did Stapleton deceive Mrs. Lyons?

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

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

7. How did Holmes survive all those weeks on the moor?

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

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

10. What are Watson's impressions of the stone hut?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Watson is initially hurt by Holmes's deception of living on the moor, despite Holmes's assurances that Watson's efforts have not been in vain. How do Watson's feelings on this matter reflect upon his character and his relationship with Holmes? How does Holmes's deception and his reaction to Watson discovering him reflect upon himself?

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