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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does June tell Bernard shortly after they are married and Bernard kills an insect?

3. Jeremy believes the man in the crowd holding a Communist flag is of a certain nationality. What is it?

4. Why is Part Two titled, "Berlin"?

5. When the father of the small boy at dinner lights a cigarette, why does that give Jeremy a tiny bit of relief?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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