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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Initially, how does Miller react to the spiritual discussion of a relationship between God and fathers?
(a) He rejects it outright and refuses to talk.
(b) He gets excited and can't stop talking.
(c) He does not react at all.
(d) He sees it as a sentimental statement and dismisses it.

2. What does John MacMurray do for a living?
(a) Teacher and photographer.
(b) Owns his own business.
(c) Artist and educator.
(d) Pastor and youth minister.

3. Who does Miller remember as one of his first successful-father-figure role models in his life?
(a) Bill Cosby on television.
(b) John MacMurray.
(c) David Gentiles.
(d) Mr. Kilpin.

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

5. The author uses the prologue to do which of the following?
(a) Explain his writing style.
(b) Tell the reader his life story.
(c) Discuss issues related to fathers who abandon their children.
(d) Discuss issues related to fatherless boys.

Short Answer Questions

1. Miller also remembers watching a documentary on what animal?

2. What does Miller do after completing high school?

3. According to MacMurray, which of the following is not an important task for families?

4. Why is Miller particularly upset with older men?

5. Miller asks for what from the reader?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Miller learn about family from living with the MacMurray family?

2. In Chapter 6, Authority, Miller uses a metaphor of airline pilots warning each other about weather conditions. What point is Miller illustrating with this story?

3. In Chapter 2, Miller again tells stories that span his life. What is the effect of this storytelling approach on the reader?

4. In Chapter 3, Miller admits to being resentful towards authority figures. To whom is he referring and why?

5. Chapter 5 is considered the "climax" of this book. What does this mean?

6. Miller's mother attempts to find father figures for her son in several places. Describe Miller's mother's efforts. How successful were these efforts?

7. In Chapter 4, Miller begins to understand the importance of a relationship with God as a "father figure." What does he learn?

8. According to the information in the prologue, who is the intended audience for this book?

9. Miller presents statistics about the percentage of males in prison raised without a father. He suggests there is a connection between these statistics and the orphaned elephants. What is this connection?

10. What is the author's intent in writing this book?

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