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 Ethan escape the house?

2. All of the dogs are caught, except whom?

3. One afternoon Ethan and Hannah go _________________ and really enjoy being together.

4. This dog's siblings' names are Fast, Sister, and ______________.

5. What does Hannah carry with her when she first appears in the story?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has life changed for this family after Todd's setting fire to their house?

2. How do Bailey and Ethan bond in this section?

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

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

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

6. What might Ethan mean by Doodle Dog?

7. What does Toby's mother try to teach her puppies? Should she do this? Why or why not?

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

9. Who is Senora? Is she kind? Why or why not?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The story is seen through the eyes of a dog.

Part 1) How is his view "dog-like?" What human behaviors and actions does he view differently from how a human would view them? How might this affect the reader?

Part 2) What can be learned about humans through the eyes of this main character? What is revealed through this innocent animal?

Part 3) How can you begin to view the world with new eyes? How might this affect you and the way you see the world and those around you? Would this affect you in a positive or negative way? Why?

Essay Topic 2

An important theme later in the book is one of lost dreams and shattered hopes.

Part 1) How is this theme revealed in the book? How is this theme important? What is the purpose of this theme? How does it compare to other themes in this book?

Part 2) What role does this theme play in the various lives the main character lives? How is this theme connected to the dog's purpose and the title of the book?

Part 3) How can the reader relate to this theme? How can the reader learn from the main character's attitude regarding this loss and sadness?

Essay Topic 3

Cats are symbolic in this story.

Part 1) Describe the cats in this story. Why might they be this way? How do they affect Bailey and other dogs?

Part 2) How are cats symbolic? How does the repetition of encounters with cats reveal this symbolism?

Part 3) What other symbolism exists in this story? How does this affect the story?

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