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

2. How does Miller make up for not having a father to give him information?
(a) He searches the internet.
(b) He reads the encyclopedia.
(c) He talks to his mother.
(d) He seeks other male authorities.

3. When Miller decides to trust his mentor, what does he let go of?
(a) His dream of finding a man to take the place of his father.
(b) A desire to help others.
(c) A desire for a family of his own.
(d) His dreams for finding happiness.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. As a child, what type of clubs does Miller think men participated in?

2. As a child and adolescent, who does Miller resent?

3. According to Miller, which of the following is not a positive characteristic of God?

4. What does Miller believe about his relationship with his mother?

5. Why is Miller particularly upset with older men?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. In Chapter 1, Miller describes several events and activities in which he attempts to interact with adult men. Most of these experiences do not appear to have been successful. In addition to camping, making a derby car, and playing with a remote-controlled airplane, what other "manly man" activities may Miller have missed because he did not have a father?

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

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

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

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

8. In Chapter 5, Miller begins to identify the positive and negative characteristics of God's love. What are these characteristics?

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

10. In Chapter 5, what does Miller describe as crucial tasks of families?

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