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 is happening in Jean and Harper's relationship?

2. What is it about Jeremy that reminds June of Bernard?

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

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

5. What did Jeremy think of his friends' need to disassociate themselves from their parents?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. What thoughts are probably going through Jeremy's mind as he watches June plants flower bulbs?

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How does Jeremy feel he was used by June and Bernard while she was in the nursing home? How did June manipulate him into getting messages to Bernard and vice versa? How did Jeremy react to being caught in the middle? What realization might he come to about having parents and marriage?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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