To Own a Dragon: Reflections on Growing up Without a Father Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Miller, which of the following is not a positive characteristic of God?
(a) Abandonment.
(b) Encouragement.
(c) Love.
(d) Ownership.

2. As a child, what type of clubs does Miller think men participated in?
(a) Country clubs.
(b) Clubs that only let certain people in.
(c) Card clubs.
(d) Clubs that shared secret information about women and cars.

3. Miller suggests that submission to God's will allows God to do what for humans?
(a) Allows humans to make mistakes.
(b) Protect and lead humans to safety.
(c) Make humans happy.
(d) None of the above.

4. Miller's stories in Chapter 1 seem to highlight what emotions from his childhood?
(a) Happiness and joy.
(b) Loneliness and singleness.
(c) Friendship and loyalty.
(d) Anger and frustration.

5. Miller's uses many words to describe his meeting with MacMurray. Which of the following is not a work he used to describe his meeting with MacMurray?
(a) Fate.
(b) Serendipity.
(c) Destiny.
(d) Divine intervention.

6. Where does this church class meet?
(a) At a community center.
(b) In the church building.
(c) At a local restuarant.
(d) At home of the teacher.

7. According to Miller, what lesson is a father responsible for instilling in a young child?
(a) That the world is unfair.
(b) That the child is worthless.
(c) That the child's existence makes an impact in the world.
(d) The difference between right and wrong.

8. What were MacMurray and Miller going to do when Miller begins to understand the connection between God and fathers?
(a) Attend a school program.
(b) Attend a Bible-study class.
(c) Photograph a sunset.
(d) Camp out.

9. What tasks must elephants accomplish when they reach puberty?
(a) They must grow new tusks.
(b) They must mate and have baby elephants.
(c) They must leave their mother, go into the wild, and seek a male mentor.
(d) They must learn to hunt and feed themselves.

10. What does Miller use as an analogy for God's love and father-son love?
(a) A tomato plant.
(b) A snow storm.
(c) A car.
(d) A mother-daughter relationship.

11. How do these stories from Miller's childhood help the reader understand Miller, the author?
(a) They validate Miller's authority on the subject of fatherless childhood.
(b) They offer understanding of his relationship with his mother.
(c) They explain his writing style.
(d) They explain his sad childhood.

12. How does Miller grasp the "God as father" concept, initially?
(a) As the perfect explanation for his life.
(b) He resists accepting this idea.
(c) In a "baby way."
(d) Without question.

13. According to the author, what percentage of male prisoners grew up without a father?
(a) 25%.
(b) 85%.
(c) 75%.
(d) 95%.

14. Chapter 5 has a high degree of tension and describes a significant turning point in Miller's life. In literature this is referred as the _____________.
(a) Summary of the book.
(b) Middle of the book.
(c) Climax of the book.
(d) Prologue of the book.

15. What does Miller state that the dragon reminds him of?
(a) A real father figure.
(b) A giant protector.
(c) Freedom.
(d) Power.

Short Answer Questions

1. As a child, Miller remembers hearing fairy tales about which animals?

2. In Chapter 4, as Miller thinks about his pain as child without a father, what happens to him?

3. True of False: only men who grew up without fathers and boys who are being without fathers will benefit from reading this book.

4. Why is Miller particularly upset with older men?

5. What does Miller struggle to give up in this journey?

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