The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

STUDY GUIDE

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Chapters 1-5:

  1. Where are Holmes and Watson at the beginning of the novel?


  2. What information is revealed by the mysterious walking stick and what character does it belong to?


  3. What evidence is found near the body of Sir Charles?


  4. How is Sir Henry related to Sir Charles Baskerville?


  5. What mysterious things happen to Sir Henry upon his arrival in London?


  6. What does Sherlock Holmes deduce from the anonymous letter sent to Sir Henry Baskerville? How does he make these deductions?


  7. What is the curse on the Baskerville family? According to the legend, how did it begin?


  8. What name does the man in the cab give to the driver? How does Holmes react?


  9. There are two settings in this novel. One is where the action so far takes place; the other is described in the manuscript. Describe both settings, in terms of time and place.


  10. What is Sherlock Holmes like? Consider how he approaches evidence, the questions he ask, how he treats Watson, and his ECCENTRICITIES. Make a list of the six best words to describe Holmes.


  11. What likely motive exists for Sir Charles’ death and the intimidation of Sir Henry? Which suspects appear to have been cleared?


  12. Sir Henry says, “You don’t quite seem to have made up your mind whether it’s a case for a policeman or a clergyman.” Explain this statement. Do you think the evidence points to a logical of a supernatural explanation at this point?


  13. How does the author use the first few chapters of the novel to establish the theme that most people are unobservant and tend not to see the obvious.

 

Chapters 6-10:

  1. Why are there guards at the train station and along the road?


  2. What noise does Watson hear during his first night at Baskerville Hall?


  3. Who are the Stapletons and Mr. Frankland?


  4. Who are the Barrymores?


  5. What have the Barrymores found in Sir Charles’ fireplace?


  6. How does Stapleton explain his odd behavior when he finds Sir Henry and his sister together on the moor?


  7. In what way does the setting of Baskerville Hall on the moor contribute to the mood of the novel? List as 6 words or more that the author uses to describe the moor and explain each one’s effect.


  8. Briefly describe the subplot, which involves the Barrymores and the escaped convict Selden.


  9. In what way does the developing relationship between Miss Stapleton and Sir Henry complicate the plot?

Chapters 11-15

  1. Why did Laura Lyons write a letter to Sir Charles Baskerville?


  2. How does Holmes know that Watson is in his hut?


  3. What interrupts Holmes as he is telling Watson about the murderer?


  4. Where does Mrs. Stapleton tell Holmes and Watson to look for Stapleton?


  5. Who or what is the hound of Baskervilles?


  6. List the elements of Holmes’ plan to catch the murderer.


  7. Do you like Beryl Stapleton as a character? Why or why not?


  8. The mystery is solved in Chapter 14. What purpose, therefore, does Chapter 15 serve?


  9. Who is the mysterious man seen by Watson on the TOR? Who discovers the man’s identity? How? Where has he been hiding?


  10. Who is killed by falling from a cliff on the moor? At first, who do Holmes and Watson think it is? Why?


  11. Why does Sherlock Holmes go to the moor in secret? What advantage does this give him?


  12. How does Holmes discover that Jack and Beryl Stapleton are not brother and sister? What is their relationship?


  13. Why is Holmes fascinated by the portrait of Hugo Baskerville? What missing piece of the puzzle does the portrait reveal?


  14. Why do you think the author did not choose to have Holmes use a decoy instead of Sir Henry in the trap to catch Stapleton? If you were Sir Henry, would you have agreed to Holmes’ plan? Why or why not?


  15. One theme of the novel is that strong emotion can lead one to do things for the wrong reasons. How does Stapleton use that idea to further his ends?


  16. What effect does the author achieve by using Dr. Watson as a first person narrator?


  17. A foil is a character that serves as a striking contrast for another character. How do both Watson and Stapleton serves as foils for Holmes?


  18. Explain how the theme GREED CORRUPTS is presented in the novel.


  19. Explain how the theme FEAR AND SUPERSTITION OFTEN OBSCURE THE TRUTH is revealed in the novel.


  20. Explain 3 conflicts in the novel.


  21. Holmes assumes Stapleton perished in Grimpen Mire, but there is no evidence to support that assumption. Write an ending from Stapleton’s point of view, one in which he escapes to bother Sherlock at another time in the future?


  22. Decide on the 10 most important events in the book and put them in the order they occurred in the novel.

 

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