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 Bailey react in this situation with Todd?

2. Mother tries to teach them to ____________ humans.

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

4. What does Chelsea tell the dog?

5. How does the main character feel about Todd?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Marshmallow and Coco compare?

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

3. How does Toby defend Sister? What does this reveal about him?

4. How does Bailey save the family? What most likely happened to Todd? How is this good and bad?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The main character is spayed/neutered and euthanized in each story.

Part 1) Why is the dog spayed or neutered? How does this seem to affect him? Why is he affected in this way? Why at the end of each life, is the dog euthanized?

Part 2) Do you see these two actions as humane? Why or why not? Should this have been done to the main character? Why or why not? Do you think he minded these things being done to him? Why or why not?

Part 3) Do you believe animals should be sterilized and/or euthanized? Why or why not? Are these also acceptable things to do to to humans? Why or why not?

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