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. Buddy feels what in Ethan?

2. In Chapter 18, what does Bailey realize when he wakes up?

3. Why can neither Jakob nor Maya love Ellie as Ethan had?

4. Where is the dog taken?

5. Why does the dog jump into the policeman's truck?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How have the dog and Ethan traded roles at the end of this book?

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

5. How has Ellie's life changed? How does this compare to the changes in Bailey's life?

6. How has the main character changed and stayed the same?

7. Describe Bear's owners. How do they compare to owners in previous lives?

8. How is Ellie affected by the relationship between Maya and Al?

9. What repetition continues through this section? Why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The main character feels empathy for others.

Part 1) How is this revealed throughout the story? How is this a theme? To what themes is this one connected? How is it connected?

Part 2) How can people learn from this ability to sense the emotions of others and feel empathy for them? How can we be more empathetic towards others?

Part 3) Would you consider yourself to be empathetic? Why or why not? How can you be more empathetic to others?

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

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?

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