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 about the handwriting reveals to Holmes that the object originated at a hotel?

2. What does Holmes have Watson send up to him?

3. Dr. Mortimer believes that, from the marks, Sir Charles had tip-toed throughout the gravel. What does Holmes deduce from those facts?

4. What does C.C.H (engraved on the stick) stand for?

5. What does Holmes advise to Watson before Watson leaves for Devonshire with Sir Henry and Dr. Mortimer?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the relationship between Sir Charles and Dr. Mortimer?

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

4. How does Dr. Mortimer view Holmes and why?

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

6. Why is Holmes disappointed in Dr. Mortimer?

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

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

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

10. What is dangerous about the Grimpen Mire?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the three options to write about.

1) Holmes's recognition of Stapleton in the portrait.

2) The lineage of the Baskervilles.

3) The odd habits of the people on the moor.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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