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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 did June get her doctor on her side and change the staff's attitude toward her?

2. How old is Jeremy's niece at the beginning of the story?

3. Besides Communism, what is one of June's other passions as a young girl?

4. What did June discover about herself the morning after the dolmen?

5. When Jeremy spoke with Bernard, how did he feel about June?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Why did June and Bernard separate, according to the Preface?

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

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

6. When Bernard and June were not talking about their own personal world while dating, what were their conversations about?

7. Although June and Bernard appear to be living separate lives in Part One, why does Bernard visit her and want news of her from Jeremy?

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Jeremy intervenes in the beating of the boy at dinner, who is he really thinking of? Is the young woman a symbol of anyone? What about the father or the waitress?

Essay Topic 2

What does the last line in the book mean ("...as sleep rolls in they are receding from her, black stains in the gray of the dawn, fading as they move into the foothills of the mountains from where they will return to haunt us, somewhere in Europe, in another time")?

Essay Topic 3

The black dogs that June encountered were more than dogs to her. They were a symbol of great importance. What did they symbolize to her? In what way does her belief bear some truth?

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