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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. Watson tells Sir Henry that the postmaster claims that the telegram was actually delivered to Mrs. Barrymore, and Barrymore himself was nowhere in sight. When Sir Henry questions his servant, what does Barrymore reveal to Sir Henry?
2. Why is Watson feeling coldly towards Frankland?
3. What is the deal Stapleton strikes with Sir Henry?
4. What is Mr. Frankland's favorite pastime?
5. After learning that Mrs. Barrymore answered the telegram for her husband, what does Watson observe about the lady?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Mrs. Lyons's relationship to Sir Charles?
2. What are Watson's fanciful impressions of the moor in his letter to Holmes?
3. Why does Watson refer to Mr. Frankland as much needed "comic relief?"
4. What is significant about the discovery of Sir Henry's boot in Grimpen Mire?
5. Why does Frankland file so many lawsuits?
6. Why can Holmes not arrest Stapleton?
7. What does Mrs. Stapleton reveal about her husband?
8. What does the hound look like?
9. According to Mrs. Barrymore, how did Selden become the man he is?
10. Why does Stapleton appear to oppose a match between his sister and Sir Henry?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What is the purpose of using Watson as the narrator? In your answer, discuss how he is the everyman, whether his responses are meant to mirror those of the reader, and how the plot unfolds through his eyes.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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