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 was spread over the hound to give it a ghoulish look?

2. According to the letter to Holmes, what is the status on the escaped convict?

3. 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?

4. Who is the man on the moor?

5. Who is bringing Holmes supplies at the hut?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did Laura Lyons need so much help?

3. How did Holmes survive all those weeks on the moor?

4. Why does Stapleton appear to oppose a match between his sister and Sir Henry?

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

6. What happens when Sir Henry walks out of Stapleton's house?

7. Why is Sir Henry upset with Watson and Holmes?

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

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

10. Why does Laura Lyons live in Coombe Tracey?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Arthur Conan Doyle relies heavily on symbolism in one part of the story to reflect upon another. With this in mind, choose one of the following topics to write about.

1) The symbolism of the hound.

2) The symbolism of the Grimpen Mire.

3) The symbolism of Stapleton's butterflies.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The hound of legend is wholly a creature from the moors. In fact, throughout the novel, it seems as if the characters (as depicted by Watson) are constantly battling the elements of the moor and how it makes them feel, from the weather to the landmarks to the hound itself. Discuss in detail how the characters are set against the moor and what it means to the story. Be sure to give strong examples and explain them thoroughly.

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