Who is the narrator? (1)
Dr. Watson, Holmes' assistant, is the narrator.
From what object did Watson and Holmes learn about James Mortimer? What clues did it provide? (1)
They looked at the walking stick. It had a silver band which said, "To James Mortimer M.R.C.S. from his friends of the C. C. H. 1884." The stick was well worn and it had tooth marks in the middle.
What did Holmes deduce from the clues on the stick? (1)
Dr. Mortimer was "a young fellow under thirty, amiable, unambitious, absent-minded, and the possessor of a favorite dog," which was larger than a terrier and smaller than a mastiff.
How did Mortimer inadvertently insult Holmes? (1)
Mortimer called him the "second highest expert in Europe"; Holmes obviously thought of himself as the best.
What was Dr. Mortimer's relationship with Sir Charles Baskerville? (2)
Mortimer was Sir Charles' friend and medical attendant.
What did the manuscript dated 1742 say? (2)
In the manuscript was the story of Hugo Baskerville who apparently kidnaped a maiden who apparently escaped before his plans were completed. He swore to give his body and soul to the Powers of Evil if he could catch her. He set his hounds on the maiden's trail and went riding after her. Those who followed him found the maiden dead of fright and exhaustion, and a "foul thing, a great black beast . . . larger than any hound that ever mortal eye had rested upon"tearing out Hugh's throat. The manuscript further told of other sudden, bloody and mysterious deaths in the Baskerville family and warned that the Baskerville sons should not cross the moor at night because of the hound that plagued the family.
What were the circumstances of Sir Charles Baskerville's death? (2)
He went for his nightly walk down yew alley of Baskerville Hall. He had stood at the gate to the moor for some time. His body was found at the end of the alley. The immediate cause of death was heart failure.
Who was Charles Baskerville's next of kin? (2)
Mr. Henry Baskerville, the son of Charles' younger brother was the next of kin.
What were the "private facts" Dr. Mortimer told Holmes? (2)
a. Sir Charles had taken the legend to heart and was obviously under stress because of the legend.
b. Mortimer had seen a large black animal on the moor. (He thought it was a calf, but Charles thought it was a hound and he was greatly affected.)
c. There were no other footprints except Barrymore's on the gravel.
d. Charles' features were convulsed with strong emotion when he died.
e. Mortimer saw footprints of a gigantic hound twenty yards from Sir Charles' body.
Why had no one else seen the footprints of the hound? (3)
They were twenty yards from the body. No one thought to look that far away for evidence.
Describe the creature on the moor that several people had seen prior to Charles' death. (3)
". . . it was a huge creature, luminous, ghastly and spectral."
What did Dr. Mortimer want of Holmes? (3)
He wanted Holmes' advice about whether or not he should advise Henry Baskerville to stay at Baskerville Hall.
Who were Charles' other kinsmen? (3)
Charles was the eldest of three brothers. The second brother, the father of Henry, died young. The third brother, Rodger, was the black sheep of the family. He looked like the family portrait of Hugo. Rodger fled to Central America where he died of yellow fever in 1876.
What advice did Holmes give Mortimer? (3)
He told him to bring Henry Baskerville to Baker Street in the morning. This would give Holmes time to consider all the facts he had received.
What was Holmes' theory about Charles' death? (3)
Charles had gone out for his walk, waited to meet someone by the gate, saw something or someone that frightened him out of his wits, and ran for his life. His heart failed him from the shock and exhaustion.
Henry Baskerville received a note at the Northumberland Hotel. What was the message? (4)
"As you value your life or your reason keep away from the moor."
What did Holmes deduce from the message? (4)
The letter was composed by an educated person who wished to pose as an uneducated one. The writing might be known or come to be known to Henry. The composer of the message was in a hurry so as not to be interrupted or discovered. The address had been written in a hotel.
What had Henry lost at the hotel? (4)
A boot had been misplaced or stolen.
Why did Holmes follow Henry Baskerville and Dr. Mortimer? (4)
He wanted to find out if they were being followed.
Who did Holmes see in the cab on Regent Street? (4)
He saw a man with a bushy black beard and piercing eyes apparently following Sir Henry and Dr. Mortimer.
Why did Holmes want to look at the hotel register, and what did he find? (5)
He wanted to see who checked into the hotel after Sir Henry. He was thinking that one of the
later guests may have been the person following Henry, but the hotel clerk knew the other
guests well and did away with Holmes' theory.
Why did Holmes want to look at the hotel register, and what did he find? (5)
He wanted to see who checked into the hotel after Sir Henry. He was thinking that one of the later guests may have been the person following Henry, but the hotel clerk knew the other guests well and did away with Holmes' theory.
Why was Holmes glad Sir Henry decided to go to Baskerville Hall? (5)
The person following Henry would be easier to find away from the populated city.
Why did Holmes send a telegraph to Barrymore? (5)
He wanted to verify that Barrymore was indeed at Baskerville Hall and not in London. It would prove that Barrymore was not the spy.
Who went to stay with Sir Henry at Baskerville Hall? Why? (5)
Mr. Watson went to stay with Henry to help protect him and to relay information to Holmes, who could not leave London.
What were the "three broken threads"? (5)
a. Barrymore was at Baskerville Hall, so he was not the spy.
b. Cartwright could not find the Times page at any hotel.
c. The cab driver could give no useful information about the spy's identity.
What people did Holmes want Watson especially to study? (6)
He especially wanted Watson to study the Barrymores, the groom, Dr. and Mrs. Mortimer, Mr. Stapleton and his sister, Mr. Frankland, and a few other neighbors
Why was there a mounted soldier along the road by the moor? (6)
Selden, the Notting Hill murderer, had escaped from Princetown.
Why did Mr. and Mrs. Barrymore want to leave Baskerville Hall? (6)
They were both very much attached to Sir Charles and his death gave them a great shock. They feared that they would never again be easy in their minds at Baskerville Hall.
What sound did Watson hear in the middle of the night? (6)
"It was the sob of a woman, the muffled, strangling gasp of one who is torn by an uncontrollable sorrow."
About what did Mr. Barrymore lie?(7)
He said that his wife had not been crying, but Watson noticed her red and swollen eyes.
Why did Watson go to Grimpen? What did he find out there? (7)
He went to Grimpen to see the postmaster to make sure the telegram had indeed been
delivered into the hands of Mr. Barrymore. He found out that the telegram had not been
delivered directly to Mr. Barrymore. It was, therefore, impossible to know for sure whether or
not Mr. Barrymore had been in London spying.
Who ran up behind Watson on the road from Grimpen to Baskerville Hall? (7)
Mr. Stapleton did.
Identify Merripit House. (7)
Merripit House was Stapleton's home on the moor.
What bad place did Stapleton claim to be able to cross? (7)
He said he could cross Grimpen Mire.
What strange sound did Watson hear in the moor while at Merripit House with Stapleton? What
explanations did Stapleton give for the sound? (7)
Watson heard a long, low moan that swelled into a deep roar and sank back to a murmur.
Stapleton said some peasants think the noise is the Hound of the Baskervilles calling for its
prey. He also offered more scientific explanations that the noise was coming from the mud
settling or water rising in the bog, or that the noise was made by a rare bird.
What warning did Stapleton's sister mistakenly give to Watson? (7)
She told him to go back to London and never to set foot on the moor again. She thought
Watson was Sir Henry.
Watson said his "popularity would soon suffer" if he were to carry out Holmes' orders to the letter.
Henry was becoming romantically interested in Stapleton's sister. Having Watson along to
escort Henry at all times would not give the couple any privacy.
What did Watson tell Holmes about Frankland? (8)
He told Holmes that Frankland loved litigation, seemed a kindly, good-natured person, was an
amateur astronomer who was using his telescope upon the moor to look for the escaped
What strange event did Watson witness in the middle of the night? (8)
Mr. Barrymore sneaked to one of the spare rooms. He put a candle and his face to the window
and looked out into the darkness for a few minutes, gave a deep groan, extinguished the candle,
and went back down the hall.