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. What is Toby's new name?

2. Ethan beats Todd in what competition?

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

4. How does Bailey feel about dogs, as compared to other animals?

5. What happens when Toby is left in a truck?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is Toby's death foreshadowed?

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

5. How do Marshmallow and Coco compare?

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

7. What does Todd do in this section? Why?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Making others happy is a theme in this book.

Part 1) How is this a theme? Why is this a theme? How can the reader relate to this theme? How does this theme affect the main character throughout the story?

Part 2) Is the main character changed for the better because he desires to make others happy? Why or why not? When does his desire to make others happy become detrimental to him? How can humans relate to this?

Part 3) Should people try to make others happy? Why or why not? How does this book support your response?

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