To Own a Dragon: Reflections on Growing up Without a Father Test | Final 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 learned a valuable life lesson in Chapter 11 despite the absence of who in his life?

2. In Chapter 9, what point for boys raised without fathers does Miller reinforce?

3. Who tells Miller about real love in Chapter 9?

4. In Chapter 11 on work ethics, what sacrifices does success often require early in one's life?

5. What other group of people besides boys and men without fathers does Miller recognize in Chapter 7?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 8, Miller states that young men without fathers as role models are more likely to experience negative consequences in life. What evidence does Miller provide to support this statement?

2. In Chapter 9, Girls, Miller asserts that growing up without a father has left him poorly prepared to be in a relationship. Why is this surprising?

3. In Chapter 9, Girls, Miller tells the story of a young woman in a coffee shop. Why does he tell this story?

4. Miller learns the secret to a successful love relationship from a married friend. According this married friend, what is this secret and what does it look like?

5. In Chapter 7, Manhood, Miller attends a Promise Keepers rally and then joins the organization. However, he struggles with this membership. Why did he join and what were his struggles?

6. In Chapter 11, the author focuses on the importance of reading as a significant skill for success in life. What does he say?

7. Miller learns to play chess from a friend. He also tells a story about a man, Salome Thomas-El teaching boys from a ghetto to play chess. He sees a connection between playing chess and life for young men raised without fathers. What is this connection?

8. As an adult, Miller often found himself having difficulty fitting in with the men in his church and life, particularly in his Bible study class. What did he think the problem was?

9. Chapter 11 is short and Miller learns some very valuable life lessons. What is different about this chapter?

10. In Chapter 13, the author describes his struggle with his self-esteem as a child. How does this affect his school performance?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Miller writes about his faith journey as one of the focus for this book. He describes multiple aspects of this search in finding a relationship with God; thus, faith becomes a major theme in this book. What does Miller equate his faith journey with in this book? Why or how does he do this? Do you agree with his approach to use faith as a analogy? If not, what would you do differently with this focus?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Miller's writes personally and passionately about the negative impact on boys' lives that are raised without a father. However, females raised without a father figure also experience significant negative impacts. Compare and contract the impact of the lack of a father figure on females in today's society.

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