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 the dog's foremost job?

2. When does Ethan's mom take Bailey home?

3. Where are the dogs put?

4. Why can the main character not find a home?

5. Why is Ethan happy at this point in the chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has the main character changed and stayed the same?

2. Compare Maya and Jakob.

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

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

5. How has Toby changed physically?

6. How might Bailey's sense of smell come in handy in the future?

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

8. What might Ethan mean by Doodle Dog?

9. What do you believe has happened to Marshmallow? Support your response with evidence from this section.

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The main character is joyful to be a dog.

Part 1) Why is the dog joyful? How is this seen through his thoughts and actions?

Part 2) How else does the dog feel in this story? Why does he feel this way? How does this compare to those around him?

Part 3) How can the reader relate to the main character's feelings? How is personification used regarding the dog's emotions?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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