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. While returning to Baskerville Hall after trying to find Selden, what does Watson observe on one of the tors?

2. After learning that Mrs. Barrymore answered the telegram for her husband, what does Watson observe about the lady?

3. Why is Watson feeling coldly towards Frankland?

4. How does the hound die?

5. By mid-October, what lady is beginning to preoccupy Sir Henry's thoughts, according to Watson?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reason does Stapleton give for his objection to Sir Henry courting his sister?

2. What is Mrs. Lyons's relationship to Sir Charles?

3. Why was Holmes able to recognize Stapleton's features in Hugo Baskerville?

4. What is the arrangement between Selden and the Barrymores, and how did it come to be?

5. Why did the hound and the men mistake Selden for Sir Henry?

6. Why did Laura Lyons need so much help?

7. Why can Holmes not arrest Stapleton?

8. What are Watson's fanciful impressions of the moor in his letter to Holmes?

9. What contributes to the dark mood around Baskerville Hall at the beginning of Chapter 10?

10. What is significant about the discovery of Sir Henry's boot in Grimpen Mire?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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