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

2. Why did Bernard entertain in restaurants?

3. How old is Jeremy's niece at the beginning of the story?

4. As she lay ill in bed, who do we learn June is jealous of as regards Bernard?

5. What did Jean think of Jeremy's friend, Toby?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Jeremy's method of spending time with his friends' parents.

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

10. How does Jeremy feel about his friends' 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

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.

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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