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The Hound of the Baskervilles Lesson Plan
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By using this lesson plan, teachers and professors will be able to assist students in solving the mystery of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes tale, The Hound of the Baskervilles. In addition to helping your students connect the dots, this lesson plan offers guidance in conveying Doyle's primary themes, including the natural, the supernatural, and sorting fact from fantasy. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- Who is the narrator of The Hound of the Baskervilles? Dr. Watson, Holmes' assistant, is the narrator.
- From what object did Watson and Holmes learn about James Mortimer? What clues did it provide? 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? Dr. Mortimer was "a young fellow under thirty, amiable, unambitious, absent-minded, and the possessor of a favourite dog," which was larger than a terrier and smaller than a mastiff.
- How did Mortimer inadvertently insult Holmes? Mortimer called him the "second highest expert in Europe"; Holmes obviously thought of himself as the best.
- What did the manuscript dated 1742 in The Hound of the Baskervilles say? 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.
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