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 did Sir Henry discover was missing before he left to see Holmes with Dr. Mortimer?

2. What does Dr. Mortimer call Holmes in Chapter 1?

3. How does Holmes relax after his day of thinking?

4. What does Stapleton reveal that shocks Watson?

5. What does Holmes deduce about the sender of Sir Henry's object?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Holmes want Watson to report only the facts to him?

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

3. How does Watson feel about Sir Henry?

4. Based on Watson's examination of the walking-stick, how does he describe Dr. Mortimer?

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

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

7. Why is Dr. Mortimer concerned about Sir Henry's safety?

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

9. Why is Holmes disappointed in Dr. Mortimer?

10. What is dangerous about the Grimpen Mire?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Images of hell, demons, and death are abundant through this novel. Citing specific examples, discuss why these are the prevalent images from this story and how their use builds up an atmosphere of suspense and tension.

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

In this novel, love is turned into something to be used against a person to make them do the other person's bidding. Discuss love as a weapon in this novel, citing strong, specific examples from the book.

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