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. Why was Jeremy unable to eat his breakfast at the convention where he met Jenny?

2. Why won't Bernard make conversation with the taxi driver who takes him to the airport?

3. Where does Jeremy stop for a beer while walking through St. Maurice?

4. When Bernard and Jeremy are at the Berlin Wall, why are some of the crowd watching and listening to them both?

5. When Jeremy, in Part Two, tells Bernard what June spoke about in a personal way about the two of them, how does Bernard react?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Part Three when Jeremy and Bernard are at the airport, how does Bernard answer Jeremy's question about the black dogs?

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

3. When Jeremy is working outside the bergerie the day after he arrives, he is pruning peach trees. What do Bernard and June say to one another in his imagination?

4. When Bernard and June are waiting at the train station to go into Arles, why do they walk into town instead of continuing to wait?

5. When Jeremy and Jenny visit a concentration camp near Lublin, what does Jenny finally say to him after an hour of silence?

6. What does Jeremy imagine Bernard would be telling him about June's perceived presence in the bergerie?

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

8. Jeremy asks Bernard if he's ever had the feeling that he was tempting fate. What response does Bernard give to that?

9. Bernard talks to Jeremy about he and June staying in a little town on their way home from Italy and on the way to the gorge. Bernard had been with only June for hours without any time alone. How does he feel when he goes out for a walk and is alone with his thoughts?

10. When Bernard recalls the story in Part Two of him and June standing on the train platform and he asks June to give him a dragonfly, how does June know that Bernard wants to kill it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

June's black dogs and Bernard's caterpillars are symbolic of their separate ways of viewing the world. How is that so?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast June and Bernard's personalities and belief systems.

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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