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 does Miller's search to understand himself as a child without a father lead to?
(a) An emotional journey.
(b) A new life.
(c) It does not lead to anything.
(d) A spiritual journey.

2. Miller writes specifically to appeal to what type of humor?
(a) A female sense of humor.
(b) Everyone's sense of humor.
(c) The author does not write with a sense of humor.
(d) A male sense of humor.

3. How long does Miller live in his new home in Boring, Oregon?
(a) Four months.
(b) A couple of years.
(c) Forever. He never leaves.
(d) Four years.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Miller writes about what part of his life in this book?

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

3. In Chapter 1, Miller discusses several attempts to find a father figure during what part of his life?

4. What is the reason that Miller gives for failing to find positive male influences in his life?

5. How does the ability to accept a spiritual connection between God and fathers help Miller?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Miller suggests that as a child he was attracted to stories about dwarfs and dragons. In particular, he wanted to own and ride a dragon. He believes that the dragon took on the role of a father figure. What characteristics of the dragon do you believe remind him of a father figure?

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

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

5. In Chapter 1, Miller describes meeting Mr. Gentiles as one of the key turning points in his life. Why does Miller believe this?

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

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

8. Miller identifies several areas in his life affected by not having a father. What are these areas?

9. How does Miller get to Boring, Oregon?

10. The author introduces the concept of a spiritual journey in Chapter 4. Describe Miller's reaction to this spiritual journey.

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