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

2. How was Holmes able to tell what newspaper the words came from?

3. How does Holmes describe the walking stick?

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

5. What does Sir Henry receive the morning he meets Holmes?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Watson feel about Sir Henry?

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

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

4. What three leads turn out to be dead-ends for this case?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Laura Lyons, Mrs. Stapleton, and Mrs. Barrymore all have contentious relationships with men in their lives (Stapleton and Selden, respectively). Discuss their relationships and how they reflect upon their characters. Additionally, discuss whether the author is making a statement about the dependability of these women or how they are dependent upon the men.

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

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.

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