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 Ethan escape the house?

2. Todd takes the main character to his room, locks the door, and tries to get him to do what?

3. What is a universal theme found in this section?

4. When do Mom and Ethan take Bailey to the farm?

5. What does Chelsea tell the dog?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Toby's death foreshadowed?

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

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

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

6. Who is Senora? Is she kind? Why or why not?

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

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

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

10. How does the start of this section compare to the previous one?

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 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

Cats are symbolic in this story.

Part 1) Describe the cats in this story. Why might they be this way? How do they affect Bailey and other dogs?

Part 2) How are cats symbolic? How does the repetition of encounters with cats reveal this symbolism?

Part 3) What other symbolism exists in this story? How does this affect the story?

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