The Hound of the Baskervilles Test | Final 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 does Watson keep hearing from the moor?

2. What possible motive for Barrymore's strange behavior does Watson surmise?

3. Why is the woman who wrote the letter to Sir Charles estranged from her family?

4. To whom does this statement apply: "Evil indeed is the man who has not one woman to mourn him" ?

5. What assures Watson that the hound is mortal?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Holmes's instructions to Cartwright and why is it significant?

2. What are Watson's impressions of the stone hut?

3. Why did Laura Lyons need so much help?

4. What does Watson believe about the supernatural possibilities of the hound?

5. How did Stapleton deceive Mrs. Lyons?

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

7. Why did Barrymore not tell anyone about the burnt letter?

8. What does the hound look like?

9. Why does Watson refer to Mr. Frankland as much needed "comic relief?"

10. Why does Laura Lyons live in Coombe Tracey?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Choose one of the following themes to write about. Cite specific examples from the book and discuss how the theme affects the overall plot.

1) Reality versus legend.

2) Good versus evil.

3) Nature versus nurture.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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