Black Dogs Test | Final 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 does Mme. Auriac give to Jeremy while waiting for the police to arrive?

2. After Jenny and Jeremy visited Majdanek, how long was it before they spoke to one another?

3. What does Jenny tell Jeremy when he asks why she mentioned black dogs earlier?

4. What was Bernard's attitude towards the insect and, as he understands now, most things and June?

5. What does Jeremy do in Lublin that is so uncharacteristic of him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the taxi driver's intervention in Bernard's speech during the cab ride affect him?

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

3. Bernard tells Jeremy as they are walking toward the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin that he thought certain things about June for the first six months after she died. What does he tell Jeremy?

4. When Jeremy first meets Jenny at a convention, why is that he can't get to speak to her alone?

5. 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?

6. How does it come to be that all of the hotel patrons end up eating dinner at the same time?

7. What would be an apt description of the small family staying at the hotel?

8. When Bernard calls Jeremy and Jenny to tell them the Berlin Wall is coming down, how do they react?

9. When Jeremy and Bernard share a cab to the airport, what do they talk about?

10. When Jeremy and Bernard begin to discuss things that June told Jeremy for her memoir, what is Bernard's initial reaction?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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