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. Why did Jeremy work so hard at studying for his A levels?

2. According to Jeremy, looking after children is one way of what?

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

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

5. Why was Jeremy so upset just before leaving for Oxford?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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. Why did Jeremy feel that Toby Langley did not appreciate his parents?

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

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

8. When Bernard's grandson, Alexander, asks his cousin, Harry, at June's burial when his grandma will be coming back, how does Harry's answer nearly sum up June's and Bernard's relationship problems?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

At one point during Jeremy's conversations with June, she speaks of God and the halo of light around her body when she was up against the two dogs. She goes on to talk of the inner being, the healing power of love and belief in God. Jeremy is embarrassed for June at hearing her talk this way as he is when anyone speaks of such things. Why does Jeremy wince at this talk? What is he thinking about June's belief in a soul and an afterlife? Why does he believe she needs to have this "glad-hearted believing"? What does religion offer to those who believe, according to Jeremy?

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