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 Ethan tell Bailey after Flare runs off?

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

3. Why is Todd so evil?

4. What does Ethan do instead of going to the Farm?

5. Who escapes one night?

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. How is Toby's death foreshadowed?

4. How does Bailey/Toby feel about other animals? Why?

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

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

7. What might Ethan mean by Doodle Dog?

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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