Black Dogs Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Bernard look like?

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

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

4. What was Jeremy writing?

5. When did Sally let on that she had been abused as a child?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. In what way do Jeremy and June disagree on June's reference to her story of the black dogs in Part One of the story?

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

When the story that the Maire told about the black dogs is explained, how does this affect June? How does it explain the dogs she saw and her premonition about them?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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