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. Does Marshmallow come home?

2. Toby wakes up still remembering Spike's fury, but then what does he realize?

3. Bailey's ________ helps the police find Todd.

4. Why does Ethan get a gun out of the gun cabinet and check all the rooms?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Todd. What might be wrong with him?

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

3. Describe Toby's first memories of life. How do these compare to your own?

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

5. How is Toby's death foreshadowed?

6. Who is Spike? How does he affect the dog pack?

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

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

9. What are Toby's siblings names? How might they have come about these names?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The main character feels primal rage towards several characters in this book.

Part 1) For whom does the main character feel this strong rage? How does this rage influence how the dog acts? What are the consequences of the dog's actions? What can be learned from this?

Part 2) How can humans relate to this rage? Should humans react more like this dog to feelings of rage? Why or why not?

Part 3) When have you felt feelings of rage? How did you deal with these feelings? What have you learned from these feelings and the situation that led to this rage?

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

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?

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