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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. Which of the following is not an important step of learning to make decisions?
(a) Think before you speak.
(b) Act deliberately.
(c) Stop being reactionary.
(d) React before you think.

2. Why is Miller not allowed to take this class in high school?
(a) This class was full.
(b) This class did not exist.
(c) This class was canceled.
(d) Only students in the top 10% of all students could take this class.

3. Miller's mother dies without doing what?
(a) Making arrangements for her funeral.
(b) Making a will.
(c) Telling Miller who his father is.
(d) Telling Miller that she loved him.

4. Which of MacMurray's children gets Miller out of bed by begging to be carried down the stairs?
(a) MacMurray's children are grown.
(b) MacMurray does not have any children.
(c) Elle MacMurray.
(d) Cassy MacMurray.

5. Miller writes Chapter 11 without making reference to whom?
(a) Boys who are raised without fathers.
(b) Mentors.
(c) Fathers.
(d) Mothers.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does protecting the value of sex as part of commitment save, according to Miller?

2. In Chapter 11, Miller learns a lesson about integrity and describes examples of his actions that are character flaws. After learning this lesson, what does Miller do?

3. In Chapter 10, the men who listen to Miller present his talk question ________________?

4. When Miller observes the girl breaking up with several boys, what is he doing?

5. "Feeling lucky to share your life with your wife and amazed that your wife remains committed to you" is an example of what in a loving relationship?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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"?

3. What strategies does Miller recommend for learning to make wise decisions?

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

5. According to Miller, what does saying no to sex have in common with protecting the value of the American dollar?

6. 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?

7. Miller learns the secret to a successful love relationship from a married friend. According this married friend, what is this secret and what does it look like?

8. In Chapter 9, Girls, Miller asserts that growing up without a father has left him poorly prepared to be in a relationship. Why is this surprising?

9. Miller stresses the importance of making wise decisions in Chapter 8. He believes young men without fathers need to be intentional about learning to make decisions. How does he recommend they do this and why?

10. In Chapter 9, Girls, Miller tells the story of a young woman in a coffee shop. Why does he tell this story?

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