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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was one of the reasons Jeremy did not pursue girls at the age of seventeen?

2. Why does Jeremy go knocking on his friend, Toby's, door?

3. What was June's job when she first encountered Bernard?

4. What were June and Bernard doing at the time the photograph in Part One was taken?

5. What is the dream that has haunted June for forty years?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does June feel that Bernard is so different from her?

2. What did Jeremy's friends, such as Toby and Joe, think of Jeremy in terms of being an orphan and living on his own mostly?

3. During one of her conversations with Jeremy, June talks about her obsessive relationship with Bernard and their love for one another that could not work. How does June find peace with this?

4. Why is Jeremy in such discomfort at a point in Part One when June is speaking to him of God and religion?

5. In Bernard's version of how he and June first met, he says that he could see no point in her job, therefore he did not notice her at all. In his world, she did not even exist until someone told him that she was beautiful. What might this say about Bernard's personality?

6. What was it about his friends' parents that interested Jeremy?

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

8. Describe Jeremy's method of spending time with his friends' parents.

9. In Part One, we know that Jeremy is a bit obsessed with looking at a photograph of June and Bernard that June keeps in her bedroom in the nursing home. What are Jeremy's predominant thoughts when he views the photo?

10. In what way did Sally react when she could hear her parents having one of their violent arguments?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At one point during Jeremy's conversations with June, she speaks of God and the halo of light around her body when she was up against the two dogs. She goes on to talk of the inner being, the healing power of love and belief in God. Jeremy is embarrassed for June at hearing her talk this way as he is when anyone speaks of such things. Why does Jeremy wince at this talk? What is he thinking about June's belief in a soul and an afterlife? Why does he believe she needs to have this "glad-hearted believing"? What does religion offer to those who believe, according to Jeremy?

Essay Topic 2

Jeremy is obsessed with studying the photograph of June as a young woman. What makes the photograph so appealing to him? Why? How does the appeal of the photograph of June contrast with the time in history the photograph was taken?

Essay Topic 3

June's black dogs and Bernard's caterpillars are symbolic of their separate ways of viewing the world. How is that so?

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