A Dog's Purpose Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

W. Bruce Cameron
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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. How does Bailey feel about dogs, as compared to other animals?

2. What does Ethan call his dog?

3. Toward the end of the summer, Ethan catches a large fish when they're in the boat. He falls overboard, and the main character jumps in after him to rescue him. How does Ethan feel about the dog's behavior?

4. What is the consequence of the dog not getting a home?

5. What is a joy of being a dog, as revealed in this section?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Toby's siblings names? How might they have come about these names?

2. How do Toby and Ethan react when they see each other? Why?

3. How does the start of this section compare to the previous one?

4. What do you believe was happening to Toby in the man's truck? Why?

5. How does Toby defend Sister? What does this reveal about him?

6. How does Ethan beat Todd? How might Todd feel about this? Why?

7. How has Ethan and Hannah's relationship changed? Why?

8. Why does Todd do all the bad things that he does?

9. Why might the family not go to the farm? How does this represent a change in their lives?

10. How is the end of this life like the last? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The main character has an affinity for humans.

Part 1) How is this revealed throughout the book? How do his feelings for humans compare to those of other animals? Why does he have this attachment to humans? How does this attachment affect him?

Part 2) Why might the author choose to have this main character like humans? How does this affect the story and the connection the reader has with the characters in the book?

Part 3) Overall, what are your own feelings regarding people? Do you relate more to the main character in the book or to another character in the book, regarding the security of human relationships with others? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The main character believes that dogs are superior to other animals.

Part 1) How is this seen in this book? Why might the main character feel this way? How does this affect his relationships with other animals? Does this superiority also apply to humans? Why or why not?

Part 2) Does this superiority reflect a real dog's behavior towards other animals? If so, how? If not, why not? Do you believe that dogs are superior to other animals? If so, why? If not, what animal would you consider to be superior? Why?

Part 3) Do you see humans as superior to all other creatures? Why or why not? How has this attitude of superiority influenced human behavior throughout time? How does it still affect our world today?

Essay Topic 3

The dog's sense of smell is very important in this book.

Part 1) In what ways is sense of smell important? How does it affect the story? How does it prepare the reader for what is to come?

Part 2) What other dog abilities are shown in this book? Why are these abilities shown? What can humans learn from the abilities of dogs?

Part 3) What abilities do humans have? How do we benefit from these abilities? How do others benefit from our abilities? What connections can be made between what the dog is capable of and what human are capable of doing?

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