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

2. What was Jeremy writing?

3. What is inferred in the last sentence of the Preface?

4. What did Jeremy do for Sally?

5. What was it about the photograph of June and Bernard that Jeremy kept looking at that was so appealing to him?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. Why does Jeremy state that he naturally identifies with an abandoned child like Sally?

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

One line in Part Four reads "The empty air, suffused with sunlight, seemed to contain a darkness just beyond the reach of vision". Explain this sentence as it relates to the story as a whole. Give examples, citing scenes from the book to support your explanation.

Essay Topic 3

When a tough girl in leather saves Bernard from nearly being killed by a gang of boys in Berlin, who did that girl represent? Why? Does Bernard believe in this symbol?

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