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

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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. What is the reason that Miller gives for failing to find positive male influences in his life?

2. As a child, Miller remembers hearing fairy tales about which animals?

3. 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?

4. What does Miller read that also helps him to understand importance of a father in a child's fife?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Miller get to Boring, Oregon?

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

9. In Chapter 5, what does Miller describe as crucial tasks of families?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapters 2 and 4, Miller identifies three key turning points in his life: a.) David Gentiles; b.) reading President Eisenhower's autobiography; c.) taking a harrowing trip up a mountain with John MacMurray to photograph a sunset. Discuss these turning points and what Miller learns from each. What do these turning points have in common? What makes these turning points in his life?

Essay Topic 2

Miller's mother dies without telling him who his father is. There are many reasons why women would chose not to tell their children about how they were conceived or who their fathers were. Identify and discuss the reasons Miller's mother may have decided not to tell him who his father is. Discuss potential impact each reason may have had on Miller.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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