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

2. How does the main character feel about humans?

3. How does Bailey react when Todd comes over and asks Hannah if she wants to party?

4. How does Bailey feel about this toy?

5. Describe the first meeting of Toby and Ethan?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bailey/Toby feel about other animals? Why?

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

3. What might Ethan mean by Doodle Dog?

4. How is Toby's death foreshadowed?

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

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

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

8. What happens to the relationships of these main characters? Why?

9. How do Marshmallow and Coco compare?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The main character uses his knowledge from previous lives to guide him in new lives.

Part 1) What knowledge does the dog remember from one life to the next? How does he benefit from this knowledge? What is the purpose of his knowing about each of his lives?

Part 2) How can the reader relate to these multiple lives and the lessons and skills learned in each? How can the reader apply this in his or her one life?

Part 3) What knowledge do you have now that you would want to take with you to another life? How is this knowledge important? How could you benefit from it in another life?

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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