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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 does Jeremy go knocking on his friend, Toby's, door?

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

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

4. What did Jeremy realize to be the simplest way of getting back a lost parent?

5. When June tells Jeremy that she and Bernard are "obsessed", to what is she referring?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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