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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. How many children does Jeremy end up having?

2. What did Jeremy do for Sally?

3. To whom does Jeremy dedicate his memoir?

4. From what point of view is the novel written?

5. Bernard leaves the grave site to walk toward a yew tree in the cemetery. What does he do there?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Bernard and June are waiting at the train station to go into Arles, why do they walk into town instead of continuing to wait?

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

3. In June's version of how she and Bernard first met, she actively pursues him, making sure that Bernard sees her when he is near his office. She even tries to make small talk with him. Why does June pursue Bernard when he does not even seem to notice her?

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

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

6. Why do June and Bernard decide they must live their separate lives, yet they do not divorce?

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

8. Describe Jenny Tremaine as Jeremy first meets her.

9. When Jeremy and Bernard begin to discuss things that June told Jeremy for her memoir, what is Bernard's initial reaction?

10. When Jeremy and Jenny first speak to each other of their parents, what intrigues Jeremy?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

After Junes' death, Bernard explains his feelings for her to Jeremy. If Bernard was in love with June, why could they not live together? Is it Bernard's or June's personality which got in the way of reconciliation? What was it about June, in particular, that kept the couple apart?

Essay Topic 2

Explain whether this novel is politically or religiously skewed. Has the author made his feelings on the subjects known by the end of the story? How?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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