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. In what way were June and Bernard alike in the beginning of their relationship?

2. Who did Jeremy tend to become friendly with?

3. How often did Jenny and her brothers see their parents?

4. What is it that June dreaded when thinking about marriage?

5. In Part 1, what is it that Jeremy is thinking as he stares at June's photograph as a young newlywed?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Jeremy is obsessed with studying the photograph of June as a young woman. What makes the photograph so appealing to him? Why? How does the appeal of the photograph of June contrast with the time in history the photograph was taken?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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