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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 the Dolmen de la Prunarede?

2. What did Jeremy do for Sally?

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

4. What is Jeremy's reaction to discovering what June and Bernard's obsession together had been?

5. Where did Jenny's parents live when Jeremy first met them?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What made Bernard suddenly realize that war was not just an historical fact as he had been prone to think of it, but was about individuals, grief and sadness?

3. What do the father and mother do to the boy at dinner?

4. What do you think the black dogs in June's story represent?

5. When Jeremy and Jenny first speak to each other of their parents, what intrigues Jeremy?

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

8. When Jeremy becomes part of a squabble with a father in the hotel, why does he feel it to be a drama played out for his behalf?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Jeremy intervenes in the beating of the boy at dinner, who is he really thinking of? Is the young woman a symbol of anyone? What about the father or the waitress?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

When June kills the dogs, she is also killing something else in a symbolic fashion. What is she getting rid of, and why? What does she find that is new for her? In what way does her encounter change June, and how does it affect her relationship with Bernard?

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