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. Initially, how does Miller react to the spiritual discussion of a relationship between God and fathers?

2. How, specifically, does Mr. Gentiles help Miller?

3. What does Miller use as an analogy for God's love and father-son love?

4. What does Miller do after completing high school?

5. Miller's uses many words to describe his meeting with MacMurray. Which of the following is not a work he used to describe his meeting with MacMurray?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What role does church play in Miller's life and why does he join a church in Boring, Oregon?

3. In Chapter 1, Miller describes meeting Mr. Gentiles as one of the key turning points in his life. Why does Miller believe this?

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

5. 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?

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 13, Education, Miller equates reading with passion and learning and success. Give examples from this chapter and discuss this connection. Do you agree? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Chapters 9 & 10 are short but both contain very important information about sex and love. What are the primary points made about sex and love and how are these two issues connected to Miller's concern about being raised without a father?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 5, Miller presents the idea that God acts as a perfect father. Identify the characteristics of a perfect father. Do you believe that there is such a thing as a perfect father? Why or Why not?

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