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. According to MacMurray, which of the following is not an important task for families?

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

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

4. What tasks must elephants accomplish when they reach puberty?

5. How does Miller grasp the "God as father" concept, initially?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Miller get to Boring, Oregon?

5. 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?

6. Miller states that his experience in which he did not get to enter a derby car in the race did not affect him. Do you agree? Why or why not?

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

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

9. In Chapter 3, Miller admits to being resentful towards authority figures. To whom is he referring and why?

10. Chapter 5 is considered the "climax" of this book. What does this mean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most books have many characters. Memoirs, in particular, are often very focused on a person and his/her family. Who were the primary characters in this book? What techniques did the author present these characters to the reader? What do you know about these characters? What do you believe should have been shared with the reader that was not? Do the characters change across the book? If yes, how? What are the strengths of the way in the primary characters were presented? The limitations? How did you respond to these characters as the book developed.

Essay Topic 2

You have finished the book. Evaluate the author's ability to present his message, effectively or not, to the reader. What techniques does the author use to present his message and himself? What are the strengths of this method of memoir writing? What are the limitations of this approach to memoir writing? Does the author have biases in the book? What worked for you as you read this book? What did not? Use examples from the book to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Education is another area in a boys life that is impacted by the absence of a father. Miller talks about his educational turning points. Identify the two turning points he describes in Chapter 13. Discuss why they were significant experiences for him.

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