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

2. What does Miller ask God to do?

3. Why does Miller join a church in Boring, Oregon?

4. Who gives Miller the key to his new home?

5. What is another place where Miller and his mother attempt to find father figures for him?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

4. In Chapter 5, Spirituality, Miller uses two paradoxes (contradictory statements or actions) to describes his relationship with God? What are they?

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

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

7. In Chapter 6, Miller admits to having difficulties in establishing positive male relationships. What reasons does Miller give for having difficulty establishing positive male influences in his life?

8. In Chapters 5 and 6, Miller makes a connection between authority and love. Describe this connection.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 11, work ethic is examined. However, the author does not provide a definition of work ethic. Instead, he describes several work ethics characteristics.

a. Identify the characteristics that Miller indicates are parts of a work ethics. How did apply them to himself? Do you agree or not with the characteristics that he identified? What characteristics of a good work ethic did he not address?

b. Miller connects his understanding of work ethics of humans as a spiritual responsibility. How does he do this? Do you agree or not with his explanation of work ethics as spiritual responsibility?

c. In addition, there are many other critical characteristics of a good work ethic. What characteristics did he not address that he should address? Do these additional characteristics contribute to his comparison of work ethics to a faith based explanation?

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

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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