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 Bailey smell on Todd's pants?

2. Who comes over often?

3. Toward the end of the summer, Ethan catches a large fish when they're in the boat. He falls overboard, and the main character jumps in after him to rescue him. How does Ethan feel about the dog's behavior?

4. One afternoon Ethan and Hannah go _________________ and really enjoy being together.

5. How does the main character's mother feel about humans?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How has Toby changed physically?

5. How has life changed for this family after Todd's setting fire to their house?

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

7. Why does Todd do all the bad things that he does?

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

9. How do Marshmallow and Coco compare?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The main character feels empathy for others.

Part 1) How is this revealed throughout the story? How is this a theme? To what themes is this one connected? How is it connected?

Part 2) How can people learn from this ability to sense the emotions of others and feel empathy for them? How can we be more empathetic towards others?

Part 3) Would you consider yourself to be empathetic? Why or why not? How can you be more empathetic to others?

Essay Topic 3

A mother's love is a universal theme in this book.

Part 1) How is this a universal theme? How is this theme revealed in this book? How is repetition used in conjunction with this theme? What purpose does this serve?

Part 2) What is another universal theme found in this book? How are universal themes important in this book? How do these universal themes affect the reader?

Part 3) How are these themes tied to the main character's purpose in this book? How are they also tied to the purpose of the book as a whole?

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