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. What metaphor does Miller use to describe the role of elders in transferring information to the next generation?
(a) Airline pilots radioing weather conditions to the next pilot.
(b) Teachers in high school.
(c) He does not use a metaphor.
(d) Emergency personnel responding to a community crisis.

2. According to MacMurray, which of the following is not an important task for families?
(a) Submit to authority.
(b) Promote unity.
(c) Promote maturity.
(d) Teach responsiblity.

3. Miller found the characteristics of a strong male authority figure in whom?
(a) David Gentiles.
(b) John MacMurray, his mentor.
(c) Politicians.
(d) His boss.

4. As a child, Miller remembers enjoying which activity most?
(a) Library story hour.
(b) Playing outside.
(c) Going to school.
(d) Recess.

5. What does Miller believe makes one useless in human society?
(a) Being too nice to people.
(b) Miller did not address this.
(c) Having an "I don't care" attitude.
(d) Resisting authority.

6. Miller writes about what part of his life in this book?
(a) His adolescent years only.
(b) His childhood experiences only.
(c) His search to understand his life as a boy without a father.
(d) His adult years only.

7. As a child, which animal does Miller most want to own?
(a) Dragon.
(b) Bird.
(c) Horse.
(d) Unicorn.

8. The message of this book is presented by the author with a strong bias for which he does not do what?
(a) Apologize.
(b) Show remorse.
(c) State that he is sorry.
(d) Ask the reader's forgiveness.

9. What audience does Miller address in Chapter 6?
(a) All persons who grew up without a father.
(b) Only women who are raising boys as a single mother.
(c) This chapter does not address anyone in particular.
(d) Primarily men who grew up without fathers.

10. What is the responsibility of the adult male elephant in a young elephant's life?
(a) To teach the young elephant to hunt and feed a family.
(b) To show the young elephant what it means to be a male elephant.
(c) To teach the young elephant how to bathe himself.
(d) To teach the young elephant how to select a mate.

11. How, specifically, does Mr. Gentiles help Miller?
(a) He prays for Miller.
(b) He teaches Miller to read the Bible.
(c) He encourages Miller to write for the church youth newsletter.
(d) He gives Miller a job at the church.

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

13. Why does Miller join a church in Boring, Oregon?
(a) He is very spiritual man.
(b) He is lonely.
(c) He is invited to attend.
(d) He is bored with life.

14. As a child and adolescent, who does Miller resent?
(a) Authority figures.
(b) Fathers who left their families.
(c) Friends who had fathers.
(d) Rich people.

15. 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) Prologue of the book.
(b) Climax of the book.
(c) Summary of the book.
(d) Middle of the book.

Short Answer Questions

1. Miller's stories in Chapter 1 seem to highlight what emotions from his childhood?

2. What were MacMurray and Miller going to do when Miller begins to understand the connection between God and fathers?

3. How long does Miller live in his new home in Boring, Oregon?

4. When Miller decides to trust his mentor, what does he let go of?

5. According to Miller, another necessary characteristic of God's love that is required in father-son love is the ability to do what?

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