Black Dogs Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Does Jeremy feel like a surrogate parent to Sally?

Jeremy does feel very much like a parent to Sally. He feels protective of her. Sally's real parents do not pay attention to her and may even physically abuse her.

2. How does Jeremy feel about his friends' parents?

Jeremy feels his friends' parents are the kind of people he wants to emulate. He has a secure feeling with them as he would have if they were his own parents. He also is trying to recreate the feeling of having parents himself.

3. Why does Jeremy state that he naturally identifies with an abandoned child like Sally?

Because his parents died in a car accident, Jeremy feels like an abandoned child himself. He can identify with Sally's loneliness and need for an adult in her life that is responsible. Just as Jeremy had Jean as his "parent" when orphaned, Sally has the same parent in reality.

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