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 was Jeremy writing?

2. What was Bernard's profession?

3. What did Harper end up doing by the end of the summer of Jeremy's eighteenth birthday?

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

5. What is the dream that has haunted June for forty years?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was it about his friends' parents that interested Jeremy?

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. 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?

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. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

What is it about June's story of the black dogs that might have someone believe it was her imagination? Point out phrases or words in the retelling of the scene to support your explanation.

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