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. Toby wakes up still remembering Spike's fury, but then what does he realize?

2. Bailey notices that the children of the neighborhood don't play with whom now?

3. Why does Ethan get a gun out of the gun cabinet and check all the rooms?

4. What does Bailey find when he goes out the new dog door to the back yard?

5. He compares the man who feeds him to _____________ in his last lifetime.

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Bailey affected by all these changes? Is this typical for a dog? Why or why not?

2. How is Todd still a problem? Is this problem lessening? Why or why not?

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

4. Describe Toby's first memories of life. How do these compare to your own?

5. What might Todd's behavior foreshadow?

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

7. Describe Todd. What might be wrong with him?

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

9. What is the reason Bailey does not like the flip? What does this say about him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Repetition of various elements is used in this story.

Part 1) What elements are repeated? Why are they repeated? How does the dog react to this repetition? How is the reader affected by this repetition?

Part 2) Is this repetition effective? Why or why not? What other literary devices are used in this book? Why are they used?

Part 3) What repetitive actions exist in humans lives? What actions do all or most humans have in common? What do these actions reveal about humans?

Essay Topic 2

The main character feels primal rage towards several characters in this book.

Part 1) For whom does the main character feel this strong rage? How does this rage influence how the dog acts? What are the consequences of the dog's actions? What can be learned from this?

Part 2) How can humans relate to this rage? Should humans react more like this dog to feelings of rage? Why or why not?

Part 3) When have you felt feelings of rage? How did you deal with these feelings? What have you learned from these feelings and the situation that led to this rage?

Essay Topic 3

Foreshadowing is used frequently throughout this book.

Part 1) Describe for instances when foreshadowing occurs. Why does it occur? What is foreshadowed? Why does the author choose to use foreshadowing in these instances?

Part 2) What other literary devices are used by the author? Does the use of literary devices enhance the book? If so, how? If not, why not?

Part 3) How else does the author make the book more engaging? Is there anything else the author could have done to improve this book? If so, what? If not, why not?

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