A Dog's Purpose Test | Final 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 happens when Ethan is contacted and told the dog was to be adopted?

2. Where is the dog taken?

3. Who is Marilyn?

4. Jakob teaches Ellie not to be afraid of what sound?

5. What does the puppy wonder?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the dog park important?

2. Describe the reuniting of Ethan and the dog. What might be the author's reason for this reunion?

3. Why does Ethan change his mind and choose to adopt the dog?

4. How do both Maya and Jakob compare to Ethan? Which does Ellie like best? Why?

5. How does Bear's luck turn around in this section?

6. How does Ellie feel about this new life? Why?

7. How does Ellie's life compare to Bailey's?

8. How does Ellie sacrifice herself in this section? Why?

9. What repetition has taken place in each story so far? Why?

10. How, at this point, are Jakob and Ethan alike?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Making others happy is a theme in this book.

Part 1) How is this a theme? Why is this a theme? How can the reader relate to this theme? How does this theme affect the main character throughout the story?

Part 2) Is the main character changed for the better because he desires to make others happy? Why or why not? When does his desire to make others happy become detrimental to him? How can humans relate to this?

Part 3) Should people try to make others happy? Why or why not? How does this book support your response?

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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