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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. According to Miller, why does he neglect his homework?
(a) He hates to study.
(b) He is not supervised in the evening.
(c) He is on a sports team and does not have time.
(d) He works at night.

2. What do problems in a person's attitude toward work signal?
(a) Problems in a person's relationship with God.
(b) Problems with a person's boss.
(c) That the person does not want to work.
(d) Problems with a person's family.

3. Miller's belief that he did not learn much about girls seems odd for a man who was raised in what kind of environment?
(a) A predominantly male environment.
(b) A bi-racial environment.
(c) A predominantly female environment.
(d) A multicultural environment.

4. Which of the following does Miller believe that the game of chess and life have in common?
(a) Both require strategy and patience.
(b) Both require the use of a clock.
(c) Chess and life do not have anything in common.
(d) Both have rules.

5. Who should man work to please, according to MacMurray?
(a) God.
(b) His family.
(c) Himself.
(d) His friends.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 7 Miller searches for a definition of manhood. In doing so, Miller reaches a new definition of man, as any person _________.

2. In Chapter 12 on work ethics, Miller uses a story about children to illustrate his point. What does he learn about children?

3. What do sex researchers demonstrate in their research?

4. Miller learned a valuable life lesson in Chapter 11 despite the absence of who in his life?

5. In Chapter 7, why is Miller unsuccessful in his new organization?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 13, the author describes his struggle with his self-esteem as a child. How does this affect his school performance?

2. In Chapter 10, Why does Miller promote maturity for young men?

3. Miller assumes that humans have to work because God is punishing the sinful nature of humanity. MacMurray disagrees. How does MacMurray explain humanity's need to work?

4. In Chapter 9, why does Miller say that he dated?

5. As an adult, Miller often found himself having difficulty fitting in with the men in his church and life, particularly in his Bible study class. What did he think the problem was?

6. In Chapter 8, Miller states that young men without fathers as role models are more likely to experience negative consequences in life. What evidence does Miller provide to support this statement?

7. Chapter 7 is the last chapter in which Miller talks extensively about his mother. How does his thinking about his mother change from the beginning of this book to this chapter?

8. In Chapter 10, Miller makes a presentation to a fraternity on the topic of sex. What do these men suggest the consequences are for young men who decide to "live a moral high ground"?

9. Many people, including the famous Dr. Alfred Kinsey, have researched sex. What have we learned from these sex researchers?

10. In Chapter 7, Miller states that his definition of manhood changed over time. How did it change?

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