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

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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. What activity does Miller not enjoy until he begins college?
(a) Studying.
(b) Gym.
(c) Reading.
(d) Math.

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

3. MIller learns many lessons from watching the MacMurray family? Which of the following is a lesson that Miller does not learn?
(a) Families need a lot of time apart from each other.
(b) Children are as important as adults.
(c) Families work together.
(d) Fathers prefer to spend time with children instead of in front of the TV.

4. Who is the main character of this book?
(a) All boys without fathers.
(b) The author, Donald Miller.
(c) All children without parents.
(d) The book's co-author, John MacMurray.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Miller state that the dragon reminds him of?

2. Initially, how does Miller react to the spiritual discussion of a relationship between God and fathers?

3. How does Miller make up for not having a father to give him information?

4. Why does Miller grow up feeling insecure?

5. Miller describes his mother as being exhausted because of him. He learns the real reason she is exhausted. What is this?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What kind of experience did writing this book provide the author?

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

4. In Chapter 6, Miller admits to having difficulties in establishing positive male relationships. What reasons does Miller give for having difficulty establishing positive male influences in his life?

5. Miller states that his experience in which he did not get to enter a derby car in the race did not affect him. Do you agree? Why or why not?

6. In Chapters 5 and 6, Miller makes a connection between authority and love. Describe this connection.

7. The author's writing style should appeal to whom?

8. 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?

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

10. How does Miller meet John MacMurray and what roles do John MacMurray and his family play in Miller's life?

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