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. True of False: only men who grew up without fathers and boys who are being without fathers will benefit from reading this book.
(a) False. Male and female readers of all ages can benefit from reading this book.
(b) False. Only young adult males preparing to be fathers should read this book.
(c) False. Only single mothers should read this book.
(d) True. Only these type of men and boys will understand this book.

2. Miller asks for what from the reader?
(a) Sympathy.
(b) Open mindedness.
(c) Commitment.
(d) Patience.

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

4. The author wants the reader to encourage and relate to what type of men?
(a) Men who grew up or are being raised without fathers.
(b) Men with fathers.
(c) Men who are fathers.
(d) Men who are not yet fathers.

5. Writing this book appears to have been what type of experience for the author?
(a) Cathartic.
(b) Selfish.
(c) Difficult.
(d) Boring.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Miller do that upsets one of the church members who is spending time with Miller?

2. What does Miller struggle to give up in this journey?

3. Is Miller's concern with the social problem of all boys who grow up without fathers?

4. Miller uses these stories about animals to illustrate what point in Chapter 2?

5. Where does this church class meet?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. 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?

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. 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?

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

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

10. 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?

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