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. How does Jeremy react to hearing June talk like a Californian professional or a dazed hippie?

2. In the Preface, what liberty does Jeremy report that he takes in his book?

3. To whom does Jeremy dedicate his memoir?

4. What does Bernard look like?

5. What was Bernard's profession?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

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

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In what scenes and under what circumstances does June seem to be involved in guiding or helping the still-living members of her family? Does she really have a hand in the matters cited or are the characters simply hoping she is still involved in their lives?

Essay Topic 3

Explain Jeremy's great attraction to other people's parents. What was he looking for in them? Does he ever find it? If so, how?

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