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 June believe she discovered after the incident with the dogs?

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

3. What did Jeremy do for Sally?

4. What was one of the reasons Jeremy did not pursue girls at the age of seventeen?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. In what way did Sally react when she could hear her parents having one of their violent arguments?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

When Jeremy intervenes in the beating of the boy at dinner, who is he really thinking of? Is the young woman a symbol of anyone? What about the father or the waitress?

Essay Topic 3

Explain whether this novel is politically or religiously skewed. Has the author made his feelings on the subjects known by the end of the story? How?

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