The Hounds of Baskerville

Vocabulary Chapter 5

audacious – bold

besmirched – smeared

dogged – followed

entailed – required

foil – a sword fighting maneuver; counteraction

imprudent – shrewd

inexplicable – unexplainable

invalid – injured or bedridden due to an illness

residue – the remainder

toff – a gentleman, dandy

venerable – elderly, patriarchal

Chapter 5 Questions
1. How does Holmes determine that the spy is not staying at the same hotel as Sir Henry?

2. Why is Sir Henry angry when Holmes and Watson arrive at the hotel?

3. What leads Holmes to suspect that the butler at Baskerville Hall, Barrymore, could be a suspect in the death or Sir Charles?

4. How does Holmes determine that Barrymore is not the spy in London?

5. What reason does Holmes give for not going to Baskerville Hall?

6. When Holmes hears the name of the bearded man from the cabman, what is his reaction?

Chapter 6


injunctions – directions

bias – prejudice

arms – guns

exalted – elevated, exaggerated

austere – serious, grave

cobs – small horses

gnarled – rugged, tough

bracken – fern growth

mottled – multi-colored, blotchy

equestrian – having to do with horses

ferocity – violence

cairns – ancient stone-heaped monuments

tors – rocks on the top of a hill

malignancy – ill-will, hatred

crenelated – notched battlements

turrets – towers

mullioned – with strips on the window pane

balustraded – with hand rails and posts

buck – a high-spirited person

resonant – echoing
Chapter 6 Questions

1. What instructions does Sherlock Holmes give Watson as Watson is leaving for Baskerville Hall? What do these instructions imply about the relationship between Holmes and Watson?

2. How does the setting change as Watson, Sir Henry, and Dr. Mortimer travel to Baskerville Hall? How does the author use tone to set the moor apart from the surrounding countryside?

3. Why is the soldier patrolling the moor? How is this an example of foreshadowing?

4. What is Sir Henry’s first impression of Baskerville Hall?

5. What are the Barrymores’ plans now that Sir Charles is gone?

Chapter 7


bittern – a heron-like bird

bog-hole – quicksand, swamp

credulous – trusting; believing

downs – grassy, rolling plains

efface – to erase

hamlet – a small village

irresolution – indecision

pallid – pale

ruse – a trick

sedges – swamp weeds

sinister – evil

supersede – replaced

uncanny – unlikely or strange

undulating – wavy

vexation – annoyance, irritation

wary – suspicious

wizened – shriveled

Chapter 7 Questions

1. What does Watson hear in the night? What happens when he asks Barrymore about the sound?

2. Why does Watson visit the Grimpen postmaster? What does he discover from this meeting?

3. Who does Watson meet on his way back from seeing the postmaster?

4. Describe the sound Watson hears as he is walking with Stapleton. What does Stapleton say that the sound is?

5. What does Miss Stapleton say to Watson? What mistake does she make when she first speaks to him?

6. What does Stapleton tell Watson that he did before coming to Devonshire?

7. Who meets up with Watson after he leaves the Stapleton’s house? Why do you think

8. Miss Stapleton tells Watson to disregard her earlier warning?

Chapter 8


antiquarian – a person who studies the past

approbation – an approval

choleric – disagreeable

circumspectly – carefully

disapprobation – disapproval

effigy – an image, representation

exotic – unusual, charming

fortnight – two weeks

harried – persecuted

litigation – lawsuits

onerous – burdensome

stealthy – secret or sneaky

tête-à-tête – a close conversation

Chapter 8 Questions

1. Why can this chapter be called an epistolary one?

2. Near the beginning of the chapter, Watson writes, “the longer one stays here the more does the spirit of the moor sink into one’s soul.” (Pg. 73) What literary device is used by the author?

3. What is Stapleton’s reaction to the fact that Sir Henry and Miss Stapleton may be attracted to each other?

4. Who is Mr. Frankland? How does Watson describe him?

5. After reading about Mr. Frankland’s lawsuits, why do you think that the author decided to call his house Lafter Hall?

6. What happens to make Watson even more suspicious of Barrymore?

Chapter 9

1. How does Stapleton react when Sir Henry proposes marriage to his sister?

2. What explanation does Stapleton offer for his behavior?