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. He compares the man who feeds him to _____________ in his last lifetime.

2. It grows cold and __________ games resume.

3. This dog is a mutt with three siblings and a __________ mother.

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

5. What causes Flare to throw Ethan off his back?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why might the family not go to the farm? How does this represent a change in their lives?

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

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

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

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

10. How has Toby changed physically?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The main character is a dog that goes through four reincarnations.

Part 1) What is reincarnation? Why might this dog go through reincarnation? How does he change with every reincarnation? What leads to this change?

Part 2) Do you believe that the last life in this story is his final life? Why or why not? How is this last life different from the others? What has he learned from these lives?

Part 3) How is reincarnation a part of many human cultural beliefs? How are these beliefs illustrated through the life of this dog? Why might people believe in reincarnation? Do you believe in reincarnation? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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