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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 did Jeremy realize to be the simplest way of getting back a lost parent?

2. In Part 1, what is it that Jeremy is thinking as he stares at June's photograph as a young newlywed?

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

4. In Part One, what do we learn about Bernard's current political views?

5. What was Jeremy writing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Jeremy not ever return to Notting Hill?

2. What do the father and mother do to the boy at dinner?

3. When June tells Jeremy that she and Bernard were still obsessed with each other in a physical way, what is Jeremy's reaction?

4. Why did June so strenuously object to Bernard's wanting to continue their journey after leaving Mme. Auriac's hotel?

5. 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?

6. When did Jeremy, in the Prologue, feel that he really began to exist or to live?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What is it about June's story of the black dogs that might have someone believe it was her imagination? Point out phrases or words in the retelling of the scene to support your explanation.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

As early as the Preface of the book, Jeremy states that the simplest way of restoring a lost parent is to become a parent yourself. What do you think he meant by this statement? How is it true or false? How does this statement reflect Jeremy's relationship with Sally?

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