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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 it that June dreaded when thinking about marriage?

2. What is the Dolmen de la Prunarede?

3. To whom does Jeremy dedicate his memoir?

4. In Part One, what do we learn about Bernard's current political views?

5. From what point of view is the novel written?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

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

9. How did Jeremy feel about leaving home for Oxford and being free to live on his own?

10. 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?

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

What problems do the three main characters in this story encounter? Do they manage to resolve them by the end of the book?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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