March 16, 2014

10th English - The Problem - Comprehension Passages

Read the passage given below. Then answer the questions that follow it.

“Yes,” said Holmes, “the setting is right for such a difficult problem. We are faced with two questions. Firstly, has any crime been committed at all? Secondly, what is the crime and was it committed? Of course, if Dr Mortimer’s guess is right and we are dealing with supernatural forces, our investigations end here. But we must exhaust all other suppositions before believing is this one. Have you thought about this case at all?”

1. Which case is Holmes referring to?
2. Whom is he talking to?
3. What is the difficult problem?
4. What was Dr Mortimer’s guess?
5. Who is Dr Mortimer?


1. Holmes is referring to the case of Sir Charles’ mysterious death.
2. He is talking to Dr Watson.
3. The difficult problem is to find the cause for Sir Charles’ death.
4. Dr Mortimer’s guess was that the ghostly hound of Baskervilles killed Sir Charles.
5. Dr Mortimer is not only Sir Charles’ personal physician but also a trustee and executor of Sir Charles’ will.

Important questions from the chapter:

1. Why did Dr. Mortimer think it unsuitable for Sir Henry to stay at Baskerville Hall?

A: Dr Mortimer felt that it was unsafe for Sir Henry to stay at Baskerville Hall, as every Baskerville who went there died. He feels that even if Sir Charles had the opportunity, he would have advised Dr Mortimer to keep his heir away from that deadly place.

2. Why does Dr. Mortimer feel the thing is supernatural?

A: Dr Mortimer had heard several people talking about a creature on the moor which resembled the Baskerville demon, which could not be any animal known to science.
It was huge, bright and weird.

Moreover the footprints which Dr Mortimer found a few feet away from Sir Charles’ body were too huge to belong to any sheep dog.

3. How does Sherlock Holmes conclude that Sir Charles had been frightened even before he began to run?

A: Holmes presumed that the cause for Sir Charles’ fear came towards him across the moor. In such a case only a person who was confused would run away from the house, when running towards the house would be safer.

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