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 is Watson's impression of Miss Stapleton?

2. In lieu of persuading Sir Henry to avoid Baskerville Hall, what does Holmes suggest?

3. Who is the man that brought the curse upon the Baskervilles?

4. What does Sir Henry plan to do to the yew bridge?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Watson unable to sleep soundly on his first night at Baskerville Hall?

2. Why is the reappearance of Sir Henry's brown boot a mystery?

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

4. Why does Holmes go into complete seclusion for the rest of the day?

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

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

7. Why is Holmes disappointed in Dr. Mortimer?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider Holmes as a person. What about him is similar to the criminals he chases? What is different? With these elements in mind, argue that the only thing separating Holmes from being a criminal himself is his morals. Be sure to cite specific examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Explain deduction. How is it used by the characters in the novel? Why is it so necessary for Holmes to see only the facts and to never actually theorize? Is this a realistic approach to unraveling mysteries? Why or why not? Cite specific examples from the text to back up your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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