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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 is the marker that had been originally erected to direct pilgims?

2. According to the legend, when will Lady Howard be free to rest?

3. What do Holmes and Russell have to eat when they stop at the public house in chapter three?

4. Why does Baring-Gould say he'll write a letter in favor of Pethering's claims?

5. What does Holmes say happened to Sir Henry's two sons?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the things Holmes learns in the inn on the night when Russell plays the tin whistle?

2. How does Holmes describe the people of the moor?

3. What is Cleave doing when Holmes and Russell arrive at his house and what does he ask of Holmes and Russell before taking them inside for tea?

4. Describe Russell's state when she arrives at Lew House and the reactions of Holmes and Baring-Gould to her appearance and attitude.

5. As Holmes and Russell are making their way back to Lew Trenchard after their first foray onto the moor, how does Russell say about her physical state as compared to Holmes? Does she say this is typical?

6. Who was Josiah Gorton and why is his death important to Baring-Gould?

7. Who are the three people at Baring-Gould's house when Holmes and Russell return and what is Russell's opinion of them?

8. What is the substance of the second telegram Russell receives? What's the significance of that telegram with regard to the relationship between Russell and Holmes?

9. Briefly describe the church Russell finds on the property.

10. What are some of the sounds reported by those who sighted the coach and hound, according to Baring-Gould?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Holmes is asked by his brother to check into a nearby military testing operation. What is the role of the military testing in the overall story line? Does it initially appear that military testing is related to the case of the ghostly coach and the murder? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The story is presented as non-fiction written by Mary Russell. Why does the author choose this method of presentation. Is it effective? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Russell and Holmes discover that people on the moor are very helpful in their willingness to relate any scrap of information about Lady Howard's coach and the hound. Which pieces of information are presented by people on the moor and which are pertinent to the solving of the mystery? Why are the people so anxious to tell their stories? Why is there one family that are not willing to tell their story? What does this say about the people of the moor? Is it reasonable and realistic?

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