To Own a Dragon: Reflections on Growing up Without a Father Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Don Miller (author)
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Miller grow up feeling insecure?

2. What metaphor does Miller use to describe the role of elders in transferring information to the next generation?

3. What does Miller believe makes one useless in human society?

4. Miller found the characteristics of a strong male authority figure in whom?

5. As a child, which animal does Miller most want to own?

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. 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's mother attempts to find father figures for her son in several places. Describe Miller's mother's efforts. How successful were these efforts?

4. In Chapter 4, Miller begins to understand the importance of a relationship with God as a "father figure." What does he learn?

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. What kind of experience did writing this book provide the author?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Much of this book is about the author's search for a perfect family and perfect father-son experience to help him learn how be a member of a family. As you finish reading this book, reflect on what does the author suggest are the characteristics of a perfect family. Identify the characteristics that the author identifies throughout the book. Provide supporting evidence from the book. Do you believe there is such a thing as a perfect family? What does today's perfect family look like? How is today's perfect family similar to and different from Miller's ideal family?

Essay Topic 2

In this memoir, Miller uses stories from his life to share his journey to adulthood with the reader. What was the original message or theme of this book? As you read the final chapter, how has the original focus and message changed? Who was his intended audience? Has this changed by the end of the book? Support your rationale with examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 2, Our Problem, Miller provides two stories about animals. What are these stories and what do the animals symbolize for Miller? Do you agree with these beliefs in these stories? Are the animals accurate representations of the points Miller is trying to make? Why or Why not? Support your answer with specific evidence from the book. .

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