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

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

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

4. What is Stapleton's profession?

5. What sets off the chain of events in the manuscript?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Watson hurt about Holmes's deception?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why did Laura Lyons need so much help?

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

10. Why can Holmes not arrest Stapleton?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the themes of reality and superstition as they relate to this novel. Take into account the story of the Baskerville hound and how different people react to the events around them. Consider who reacts most viscerally to the idea that the hound is supernatural and who believes most firmly that the hound is not.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the use of deception and identity concealment in this novel. Pay particular attention to who does this and why they do it, especially in regards to the overall plot.

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