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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 kind of class does Miller attend at church in Oregon?
(a) Sunday school.
(b) New members class.
(c) Bible study.
(d) Confirmation.

2. 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 select a mate.
(d) To teach the young elephant how to bathe himself.

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

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

5. In Chapter 4, as Miller thinks about his pain as child without a father, what happens to him?
(a) He gets sick.
(b) He gets angry.
(c) He begins to heal.
(d) He feels sad.

Short Answer Questions

1. Chapter 1 emphasizes what difficulties for boys who grow up without fathers?

2. What does Miller read that also helps him to understand importance of a father in a child's fife?

3. Who is the main character of this book?

4. According to Miller, what lesson is a father responsible for instilling in a young child?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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. 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?

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

5. In Chapter 6, Miller's tone changes. He also more exclusively addresses his intended audience. How does his tone change and what positive and negative effect can these changes have on the reader?

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

7. 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?

8. What role does church play in Miller's life and why does he join a church in Boring, Oregon?

9. In Chapter 5, Spirituality, Miller uses two paradoxes (contradictory statements or actions) to describes his relationship with God? What are they?

10. Miller describes how on their first musth, young, orphaned elephants go into the wild and find a male mentor who shows them how to be a male elephant. If the young elephant cannot do this, what happens to the young elephant?

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